Twitter has labelled an election night tweet from Donald Trump “misleading” after the incumbent president claimed, without evidence, that opponents were trying to steal the historic poll.
Shortly after Democratic challenger Joe Biden told supporters he was “on track” to win the tight race for the White House, Mr. Trump tweeted: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!”
He deleted his tweet after a few minutes, correcting “Poles” to “polls”, but the second attempt was hidden and given a warning by Twitter.
“Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process,” a label covering the tweet read.
Of course, Trump was referring to the “polls,” as in polling booths, not natives of Poland, Santa’s home or what you might find in a strip club. He deleted the initial tweet, but that didn’t stop Twitter’s, +5.72% peanut gallery from making “Poles” a trending topic.
And Tom Nichols, a senior adviser at the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump campaign group created by former Republicans, responded: “Someone should Czech on the Poles.”
Someone should Czech on the Poles
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 4, 2020
Thanks to everyone who worked the pole tonight.
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) November 4, 2020
The Poles are closed! pic.twitter.com/GNea7aTehm
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 4, 2020
If the poles are closed, explain this pic.twitter.com/3OvedeuSkf
— Shafted At The Draft (@4everASabresFan) November 4, 2020
Never close the poles. pic.twitter.com/G5n8el9DPl
— Karlie Hustle (@THEkarliehustle) November 4, 2020