President Donald Trump on Monday argued against counting every vote cast in the 2020 presidential election, in a disturbingly anti-Democratic tweet that was deemed “misleading” by Twitter.
While traveling from a campaign rally in Pennsylvania to the swearing-in of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump took to Twitter to suggest that the incomplete vote total reached at the end of election day should be declared the final result.
“Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA,” Trump falsely claimed.
“Must have final total on November 3rd,” Trump demanded.
The comments were a continuation of Trump’s efforts to discredit the legitimacy of the election as he trails Joe Biden in the polls.
Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
Twitter quickly muted Trump’s tweet and displayed the following warning to Twitter users: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process. Learn more.”
It also added in bold red text: “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure.”
Trump’s remarks were immediately condemned online as anti-Democratic and a fascistic attack on the U.S. Constitution.
There's a political effort to delegitimize legal ballots, if not suspend their counting altogether, and I hope our press is up to calling it in plain English for what it is. https://t.co/oHqhrtH13n
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 27, 2020
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) October 27, 2020
We get it. You’re going to declare victory on November 3rd before all the votes can be counted because you’re afraid you’ll lose if they are. Luckily, it’s not up to you. Count every vote! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/fUtzpwMLhJ
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) October 27, 2020
POTUS is suggesting imposing restrictions on state elections, clearly in violation of the constitution. The Federalist Society must be terribly upset right now. https://t.co/qQmcsaAUKh
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) October 27, 2020
Again, same reminder in the first tweet: Pennsylvania absolutely, positively, definitely will not have a result on November 3rd, and that is 100% the result of Republicans refusing to allow counties to begin processing mail-in ballots before election day. https://t.co/r0IFezbRJH
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) October 27, 2020
COUNTING VOTES TAKES AS LONG AS IT TAKES. https://t.co/FvUO4pnphS
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) October 26, 2020
We must prepare ourselves and our communities that we are unlikely to know the results of the election on the evening of the 3rd. https://t.co/xNVsxGVMj2
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) October 26, 2020