Weeks after Twitter flagged his tweets making false claims about expanded mail-in voting measures, President Donald Trump is once again fomenting mistrust of voting procedures in the face of a pandemic.
As Trump's reelection odds plummet, Trump tweeted the conspiracy theory that foreign countries would print out mail-in ballots and somehow have them counted as actual votes.
That was just the beginning.
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1592824617.0
Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history - unless this stupidity is… https://t.co/Ps0AaQkk9s— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1592833523.0
Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has baselessly claimed that millions of fraudulent ballots are counted in U.S. presidential elections. He put forth the same defense after losing the popular vote by the widest margin of any electoral college winner to Hillary Clinton. There is no credible evidence that millions of fraudulent ballots were cast in any presidential election.
People thought the President's claims were completely unhinged.
You’re completely nuts. https://t.co/fxD4Q9kQIW— George Conway (@George Conway) 1592825164.0
@realDonaldTrump You are insane.— Jo (@Jo) 1592825245.0
@realDonaldTrump you can’t possibly believe the things that you tweet. https://t.co/3aBpudRUgz— A.J. (@A.J.) 1592833000.0
Many users believe Trump is setting the stage for excuses for a potential loss to Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November.
Pay attention: Trump has seen the polls. He is laying the groundwork to reject the results if he loses. And given h… https://t.co/P79PUV7y1A— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1592835350.0
I guess Trump realizes now there's no way he's going to win. Funny that he declares foreign intervention to affec… https://t.co/VXHRxo6K25— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1592825376.0
@realDonaldTrump Lining up the excuses for his loss, because his fragile ego can’t accept that he has been rejected… https://t.co/QEnb4wRbxS— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1592827327.0
Others are hoping Twitter will once again flag the false claim.
Everyone please report this tweet under 'misleading about a political election' The fear-mongering, gaslighting & f… https://t.co/ijmxObC14V— 🌊Sheryl Lynne #StayTheFHome (@🌊Sheryl Lynne #StayTheFHome) 1592831556.0
@realDonaldTrump Hi, @jack. This is election interference. Do something about it.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas) 1592836672.0
@realDonaldTrump Reported for misinformation regarding voting and elections— that taylor girl (@that taylor girl) 1592837830.0
Despite constantly decrying expanded mail-in voting procedures, the President himself voted by mail in Florida recently, despite being in Florida for its early voting period.
The White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, echoed the President's claims, yet voted by mail numerous times as well.