President Donald Trump is under fire after kicking off the week with several tweets critics say are attempts at voter suppression. Barely a day and a half after his disastrous Tulsa rally, which less than 6200 people attended, according to an official estimate, the President is clearly concerned about his re-election prospects.
Monday morning President Trump tweeted out a link to a far right wing website quoting Attorney General Bill Barr's false claim voting by mail "absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud."
The President added: "This will be the Election disaster of our time. Mail-In Ballots will lead to a RIGGED ELECTION!"
There is zero evidence of this.
Minutes later, Trump fired off an all-caps tweet, insisting – again without evidence – foreign countries will print "millions" of mail-in ballots, rigging the election.
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
On Twitter some noted the safeguards in place to prevent voter fraud.
FACT CHECK: Absentee/mail-in ballots are printed with bar codes for tracking. CONTEXT ALERT: @realDonaldTrump is… https://t.co/pRlhbozopv— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1592825182.0
Others accused Trump of lying.
EVERY WORD OF THIS IS A LIE. https://t.co/xtUZxClq3N— Richard Stengel (@Richard Stengel)1592828087.0
Some noted Trump knows he's going to lose the election.
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— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1592825376.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump knows he’s gonna lose big time, so he’s already creating the excuse why. We’ve had mail-in… https://t.co/KRY105nGsL— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1592824740.0
Some warned Trump might not leave quietly.
@realDonaldTrump Trump telling us on June 22, 2020 he will NOT be accepting the election results come November 3.… https://t.co/YyesFgSnGf— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1592826695.0
Some expressed grave concern.
If mail-in ballots are disproportionately sought by Democrats, election night counts may show Trump leading in some… https://t.co/tBcEFcQtH3— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz)1592827058.0
This is a set up tweet. Pay attention. https://t.co/0sY7k0F0NX— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1592828478.0
Some warned he might be planning to contest the election.
Some just mocked the President.
Can someone get him a burp cloth? He’s spitting up again. https://t.co/r99UvHcMgY— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1592824971.0
@realDonaldTrump When you say millions do you actually mean 6200s? Trying to apply your Tulsa math to future Trump predictions.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger)1592824999.0
@realDonaldTrump IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES! https://t.co/Kk6e0iGZSC— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈)1592824730.0
Some warned Trump is asking for foreign interference again.
This tweet serves two purposes. 1) It makes his base weary of the election results, and 2) It's a direct request t… https://t.co/RinsdB1KvQ— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1592828298.0
And some accused him of engaging in voter suppression.
After Trump's Tulsa flop of a rally where he had less than a third turnout, Trump now is 100% sure he can NOT win i… https://t.co/0CdzV2601x— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1592826153.0
Activate voter suppression time with agent Barr as head of strategy. https://t.co/L3MlAXH8Tv— anotheraccount (@anotheraccount)1592826694.0