The Trump campaign is feuding with Twitter over fact-checks added to two of the president’s tweets regarding mail-in voting in California.
Twitter on Tuesday added a warning label to Trump’s tweets claiming that “mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent” and would result in “a rigged election.”
The president’s tweets focused primarily on California’s efforts to expand mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, accused Twitter of political bias.
“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters. Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” he tweeted.
Trump earlier on Tuesday wrote: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one.
“That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!” he added.
Twitter said the tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”
The president’s tweets include a link from Twitter that says, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” and leads to a collection of tweets and news articles debunking the president’s statements.
The fact-check page reads: “On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud."
Mail-in voting has become increasingly popular, and five states allow all registered voters to vote entirely by mail, including Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah.
The Republican National Committee and other GOP groups on Monday filed a lawsuit against California to stop the state from mailing absentee ballots ahead of the 2020 election, claiming Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order violates “eligible citizens’ right to vote.” They also argue that the state plans to mail ballots to inactive voters automatically, which "invites fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting."
Data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission indicates that roughly 28 million mail-in ballots over the course of four elections from 2012 to 2018 were neither returned as undeliverable nor returned by voters.
Some experts say that the mail voting system is more vulnerable to fraud than voting in person, though not on the massive scale that Trump claims.
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