A tweet from Donald Trump warning of violence on the streets over the counting of votes has been blocked by Twitter on the eve of election day.
The fiery president is furious with a Supreme Court decision to allow votes to be continue to be counted after election day. This is common in the United States.
But Trump, without evidence, continues to try and undermine public faith in voting, especially in crucial swing states such as Pennsylvania which has 20 electoral votes.
The state is key to his reelection chances as he faces off against Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump tweeted: “The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!”
There is no evidence to support any of his claims.
Within half an hour Twitter had slapped a warning on the tweet, barring it from being liked or retweeted as ts content was “disputed” and “might be misleading”.
Speaking at a campaign rally before sending the ‘disputed’ tweet Trump went on a rant about the Supreme Court, three of whose justices were appointed by him.
He said: “We got a very horrible, horrible ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States, a ruling that puts our country in danger, actually.
“On Pennsylvania, they have so much time to do this thing… oh let ’em put their votes in and give them plenty of time.
“You know we have a date, it’s called November 3. We don’t have a date that says many days later.
“The whole world is waiting to find out and there’s great danger in that. Number one, there’s a danger that there’s a lot of shenanigans that go on from that rime forth.
“There’s a lot of shenanigans. And then there’s a lot of bad things that can happen with the streets.
“You’re going to have a population that’s going to be very angry and you just can’t do that. That is such a dangerous decision.”
States have counted votes long after election day for years, sometimes taking weeks.
Trump’s incendiary rhetoric has alarmed watchdogs, lawmakers and state officials who have pointed out that final vote tallies are never official on election day.
Trump on Sunday indicated his team would put up a legal fight over any ballots counted beyond election day.
“We’re going to go in the night of – as soon as the election is over – we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump said, mentioning the state of Pennsylvania specifically.
Trump has for weeks sown doubt about the outcome of the election. He has refused to say whether he would agree to a peaceful transition of power if he loses, he has told supporters he can lose only if the election is “.rigged”.