U.S. President Donald Trump announced early victory In several highly competitive swing states — Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina — via Twitter on Wednesday,media reported, challenging Twitter’s ban on premature announcements of election results.
It is understood that Twitter will now start tagging those offending tweets shortly after they are posted. Currently, pennsylvania has more than 1 million ballots to count, and election officials are not required by law to complete the count by Friday. Most importantly, the president has no power to prove the outcome of the vote, which is in the hands of state election officials.
Mr. Trump’s premature announcement came after his core team posted a flood of tweets on Twitter calling it a false victory in Pennsylvania earlier Wednesday. Trump’s son Eric Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the Trump campaign’s Re-election team’s Twitter account @TeamTrump all announced Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania within 10 minutes. Campaign director Bill Stepien also told reporters that his campaign had won Pennsylvania, but he gave no factual basis.
As of Wednesday, Mr. Trump had made a series of false or misleading statements about the election results. Twitter said four of Mr. Trump’s tweets on Wednesday violated their rules, and they restricted their treatment.