Trump tweets votes coming after Election Day 'won't be counted' and gets flagged, Internet says 'he's a loser'
Twitter flagged the message, saying: 'Some or all content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election'
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning, November 5, after an unusual silence to declare that any vote that came in after the Election day "will not" be counted. Within seconds of the Republican's tweet, Twitter flagged the message, saying: "Some or all content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process." The tweet, after a few minutes, was altogether removed. It is not yet clear whether the president deleted the tweet himself or the popular micro-blogging site removed it.
The incumbent's tone appeared different in the tweet, where instead of stating that the votes should not be counted, he was assertive, as he declared in all caps that they "will not be counted." '"ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!" he tweeted, minutes after his prior tweet where he wrote: "STOP THE COUNT!"
STOP THE COUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
Trump, with his political rival Joe Biden edging closer to win the White House, has stated that he wants to put a stop to the vote count of legally-cast votes. He first made his objection clear early Wednesday morning, November 4, while addressing the nation post-Election Day, falsely claiming victory in the presidential polls despite millions of votes yet to be counted.
Several social media users went on to explain why Twitter had taken such a step, with many stating that Trump's declaration was misleading and not true. One wrote: "That's because it is not true. It is up to individual states and each has its own laws. Most if not all will count votes sent by mail even if received up to three days after election day. As long as they were postmarked (mailed) by election day. His tweet is misleading." A second wrote: "Because it is misleading — we have had bites counted after Election Day since prior to the civil war." A third wrote: "I prefer A President who DOESN'T TRY to SUPPRESS the VOTES of the American People. NEVER has a President TRIED SO HARD & in SO MANY WAYS to PREVENT Americans from VOTING. ONLY A 'LOSER' would use such DESPERATE Tactics @realDonaldTrump is a LOSER."
That's because it is not true.— If I want your opinion I will give it to you (@YossiTheFirst) November 5, 2020
It is up to individual states and each has its own laws. Most if not all will count votes sent by mail even if received up to three days after election day. As long as they were postmarked (mailed) by election day. His tweet is misleading.
Because it is misleading - we have had bites counted after Election Day since prior to the civil war.— @DrCliffyy (@DoctorCliffyy) November 5, 2020
I prefer A President who DOESN'T TRY to SUPPRESS the VOTES of the American People.— The Resistor Sister ♥️🇺🇸🦅🙏🏻 (@the_resistor) November 5, 2020
NEVER has a President TRIED SO HARD & in SO MANY WAYS to PREVENT Americans from VOTING
ONLY A "LOSER" would use such DESPERATE Tactics@realDonaldTrump is a LOSER
Trump's tweet came hours after his campaign, in an unusual move, declared victory in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 4, at a time when a large number of votes remained uncounted. The campaign also vowed to sue the state and Michigan, calling for a stop in counting citing lack of transparency. Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien said that he was "declaring victory in Pennsylvania” with less than 80 percent of the vote being counted. His announcement was followed by a similar one from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the president's younger son Eric Trump. The premature announcement of the state victory appeared to be a coordinated attempt to disrupt the counting of legitimate ballots in the state where Trump's lead is dramatically narrowing.
The Trump campaign, in a statement, also stated that it was suing to stop vote count in Michigan and Pennsylvania and cited lack of "transparency" in the counting process as their reason. Trump’s deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said that the president's campaign is "suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers." Clark added that the Trump campaign wants to "temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law."