Donald Trump earned himself another Twitter fact-check on Monday after spreading false information about mail-in voting. Trump’s repeated attempts to push the conspiracy theory that mail-in voting is more likely to cause election fraud have earned him a Twitter fact-check before.
When clicking on Trump’s Twitter account, the tweet says “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 civil process.
Twitter users must agree to view the tweet by clicking “view.” Once the tweet is opened, Trump’s tweet is shown and says:
‘Big problems and discrepancies with Mail-in Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd.’
Under the tweet, Twitter users have the option to click to “learn how voting by mail is safe and secure.” Despite Trump’s dogged attempts to undermine American’s faith in democracy, plenty of evidence exists to debunk his claim easily.
‘With the 2020 US general election approaching on November 3, experts and fact-checkers have continued to assure American voters that voting by mail is a safe and secure option, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Deadlines and rules vary from state to state, so it is important that voters check with their state and county about how to properly vote by mail if this is the voting method they choose, experts say.’
“You may not post content providing false information about voting or registering to vote.” – Twitter to Gidley. Gidley tweeted about receiving an envelope addressed to another person as evidence mail-in voting may be flawed.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 22, 2020
Scrolling down the page, Twitter tells their users that no evidence exists that proves that mail-in voting has a higher incidence of voter fraud than other forms of voting. This directly contradicts not only Trump’s public narrative about how the election is being stolen from him, but it undermines the Republicans’ legal battles meant to suppress the vote.
‘What you need to know
– Claims that mail-in voting leads to fraud are unsubstantiated, according to ABC and other outletsÂ
– Hundreds of thousands of mail ballots are expected to be rejected due to error, but most allegations of fraud are isolated and unfounded, according to USA TodayÂ
– Voter fraud of any kind is rare in the US, including in states that have allowed mail-in voting for years, according to MarketWatchÂ
– The USPS says it is equipped to deal with the expected increase in mail due to the election.’
Trump’s claims regarding the widespread issue of voter fraud have not only been debunked by Twitter or by Democrats, but also by the intelligence community and the Supreme Court, who have addressed Trump’s allegation of foreign interference in mail-in voting and the GOP’s attempts to cut voting counts short, respectively. In both instances, there was no evidence that the claims Trump was making were true.
CNN reported on the public statement made by the intelligence community, saying that:
‘US officials charged with protecting the 2020 election said Wednesday they have “no information or intelligence” that foreign countries, including Russia, are attempting to undermine any part of the mail-in voting process, contradicting President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pushed false claims that foreign adversaries are targeting mail ballots as part of a “rigged” presidential race.’