Despite massive numbers of yet-to-be-counted votes in Pennsylvania, a number figures on President Donald Trump’s campaign declared victory in the state. Immediately, the tweets were flagged as misleading on Twitter and Facebook.
Among those figures was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who recently started working as an advisor on the Trump re-election campaign. McEnany wrote, “VICTORY for President Donald Trump in PENNSYLVANIA.”
Twitter promptly added a flag, which read, “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted.” Trump was ahead in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon but most of the votes to be counted were mail-in votes, which skewed toward Biden across the nation.
VICTORY for President @realDonaldTrump in PENNSYLVANIA ‼️— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 4, 2020
Also boasting about the false victory was Eric Trump, who took over the Trump businesses when his father entered the White House.
We have won Pennsylvania!— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 4, 2020
On Facebook, the president alleged that he is winning in Pennsylvania but that the Keystone state’s secretary of state said that millions of ballots are outstanding.
Facebook added a flag to the tweet, which read “votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 presidential election has not been projected.”
On Twitter Trump claimed, “They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!”
The platform added an addendum which read, “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
The president appeared before supporters at the White House in the early hours of Wednesday morning and said, “We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner.”
This is not the first time that the social media platforms have added labels about misleading tweets from the president. Throughout the coronavirus, the platforms have flagged Trump tweets about the disease.