Twitter has flagged three out of five Donald Trump tweets in a row as potentially “misleading” as he plunges the US election into chaos.
The US President sent a string of unhinged tweets suggesting his enemies were trying to make his lead in swing states “disappear”.
In fact, his lead existed in early counting, and what the states are doing is counting ballots that hadn’t been counted yet.
The President has, without producing evidence, suggested later-arriving mail-in ballots that were sent before polling day may be fraudulent.
Republican Trump is preparing to demand a recount in Wisconsin and file a legal suit in Michigan – both of which are tipping towards Biden. He is also threatening Supreme Court action to stop millions of remaining ballots, which state officials say are completely legitimate, being counted.
If Democrat Biden wins both Michigan and Wisconsin he will be just six Electoral College votes short of becoming America’s 46th President.
Trump tweeted: “They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!”
He also tweeted: “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled.
“Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!”
In a third tweet he quoted a now-unavailable tweet with the words: “WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?”
Twitter flagged all three with the warning: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
They were not immediately visible to all readers, who had to click to make sure they want to read them.
It comes as Twitter takes a stricter approach to the President’s dubious claims about the election.
Joe Biden appeared to be on 238 of the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to win the presidency with six swing states left to declare.
His campaign said they were confident he would win Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada in the next 24 hours, taking him to exactly 270.
They insisted he was also still in with a chance in Pennsylvania, which if called for the Democrats would then give him a resounding victory.
Trump’s campaign announced plans to challenge the result in both Michigan and Wisconsin before it was even called.
“We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access,” the campaign said in a statement.
Wisconsin officials finished their tally at around midday after an all-night effort, showing Biden with a lead of just over 20,000 votes, or 0.6%, according to Edison Research.
The Trump campaign immediately said it would seek a recount, which is permitted under state law when the margin is below 1%.
John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, told Times Radio “fraud has been committed” by Donald Trump in his claims about the Presidential election – rather than the other way around.
He said: “What he’s trying to do is lay the groundwork for continued opposition, on the basis that the fraud has already been committed now. But ultimately, when he goes to court, his lawyers have to present evidence.
“And I’m not aware there is any evidence. He’s basing this entirely on the fact that in an unprecedented way, because of the coronavirus, millions of voters cast their votes in person or by absentee ballot early.”
Ellen Weintraub, a commissioner on the US Federal Election Commission, told Times Radio there’s “no evidence of any fraud” in the Presidential Election.