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Trump Accuses Twitter of Election Interference After It Adds Labels to His Social Media Posts

President Donald Trump accused Twitter of election interference after it added fact-checking labels on his Twitter posts for the first time on Tuesday. The Trump campaign also separately responded to Twitters move in a statement, accusing the platform of having a “clear political bias.”

“Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump wrote late Tuesday on Twitter. “They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.”

He added, “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”

….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020

Earlier, on Tuesday morning, the president posted on Twitter a message expressing concern about mail-in ballots, saying that such a practice, if widespread, would lead to fraud and a “Rigged Election.”

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “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,” Trump wrote.

“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,” the president speculated. “This will be a Rigged Election. No way!”

….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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020

Twitter later added warning labels to Trumps post; the labels said “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” The linked labels lead to a Twitter article with a headline that reads, “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.”

The message under the headline 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,” the message continues. “Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”

The link also included three points under a headline “What you need to know”:

  • Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to “a Rigged Election.” However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.
  • Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.” In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots.
  • Five states already vote entirely by mail and all states offer some form of mail-in absentee voting, according to NBC News.

The Twitter article compiled excerpts and links to articles from CNN, The Washington Post, The Hill, and other media outlets. The article also has a running list of other Twitter users posts that appear to disagree with the presidents message about mail-in ballots.

Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement that Twitter has a “clear 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,” Parscale said.

“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. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them.“

Partnering with biased fake news fact checkers is a smoke screen to lend Twitters obvious political tactics false credibility.

There are many reasons we pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and clear political bias is one of them.https://t.co/oqgTq32KxS

— Brad Parscale (@parscale) May 26, 2020

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