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Twitter Flags Trump Claim That Tens Of Thousands Of Illegal Votes Arrivals After 8 Pm On Election Day



Twitter flagged multiple unsubstantiated tweets from President Donald Trump on Saturday morning, claiming that tens of thousands of illegal votes arrived after 8 p.m. on Election Day in key states.

“Tens of thousands of votes were illegally received after 8 P.M. on Tuesday, Election Day, totally and easily changing the results in Pennsylvania and certain other razor thin states,” the president tweeted.

As a separate claim, he also added that “hundreds of thousands of votes” were not allowed to be legally observed by impartial bystanders, changing the outcome of the race.

“This would ALSO change the Election result in numerous States, including Pennsylvania, which everyone thought was easily won on Election Night, only to see a massive lead disappear, without anyone being allowed to OBSERVE, for long intervals of time, what the happened…” he added in his Twitter thread.

But Twitter quickly responded to the unproven claims with a disclaimer that stated “some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”

The president later tweeted that he won the election “by a lot,” a claim that was also flagged:

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign regarding these claims, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

The president and his campaign have repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that the 2020 election was stolen from him by Democrats with rampant voter fraud and a lack of transparency in counting ballots.

President Donald Trump pauses during a campaign event September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. On Saturday, twitter flagged multiple unsubstantiated tweets by the president claiming voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Alex Wong

The campaign has filed lawsuits to challenge the vote count in each of the key states that are still uncalled – Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia – but have made little headway in the courts.

One exception includes a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, which ruled that counties in the state must separate all ballots received by mail after polls closed on Election Day at 8 p.m. from the rest of the ballots.

But state officials said they had already been doing that, and that the ballots in question number in the thousands, not “tens of thousands.”

On Thursday, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar detailed the process that the state performs to ensure voter integrity, such as double checking all ballots and allowing impartial observers, stating that “the strength of the integrity of this vote is really unparalleled.”

Officials from the Biden campaign have stated that they will meet every legal challenge presented by Trump, but feel confident that none of the cases will affect Biden’s current lead in the race.

“The Republican legal claims are utterly baseless and have failed and will continue to fail in the courts,” said Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign.

A number of prominent GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including Senator Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have sent Trump the same message: either present evidence of voter fraud to the courts, or accept the trajectory of defeat.

On Saturday morning, Ellen Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission told CNN that there is “no evidence of any kind of voter fraud. There is no evidence of illegal votes being cast.”

“State and local officials and poll workers throughout the country really stepped up. And there have been very few complaints about how this election was run,” she said.

On Saturday, the race was inching closer and closer toward a Biden victory, with the former vice president maintaining his lead in Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia.

If he were to win any of those states, Biden would win the presidential election.

Updated 10:50 AM ET



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