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Trump claims court ruling will 'induce violence'

November 3, 2020

The president has claimed that the Supreme Court's decision to allow votes to be counted beyond election day was "dangerous." Within an hour, Twitter flagged the post and described it as "misleading."

President Donald Trump walks off after speaking during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport
Image: Evan Vucci/AP Photo/picture-alliance

US President Donald Trump railed against the Supreme Court in the final hours of election campaigning late on Monday night.

Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration at last week's decision to count mail-in votes in Pennsylvania that arrive up to three days after Tuesday's Election Day.

"The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one," Trump tweeted. "It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!"

Within an hour of his post going up, Twitter flagged it, and said: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

Setback for Republicans

The Supreme Court ruling is seen as a setback by many Republicans, who are hoping for a lower turnout, with most mail votes expected to go the way of the Democrats.

Earlier on Monday, Trump had the same message for his supporters who attended a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He said that state plans to count mail ballots that arrive up to three days after Election Day amounted to a "dangerous situation."

Trump has been critical of voting by mail, claiming, without evidence, that it will lead to electoral fraud.

Read more: Opinion: Democracies need honest, fact-based debate

Earlier on Monday a federal judge ruled that 127,000 ballots that were cast in Texas in a drive-thru voting system, created to maintain social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, will be counted.

The judge rejected a lawsuit by several members of the Republican party who argued that the ballots were invalid.

Joe Biden in Pittsburgh
Joe Biden, who is leading in the polls, was in Pittsburgh to drum-up last-minute support Image: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo/picture alliance

Last-minute hopes

Both Trump and his presidential rival Joe Biden were hitting the campaign trail hard in the final hours, focusing on some of the key swing states that look set to play a key role in who will get the keys to the Oval Office.

Like Trump, Biden was also in Pennsylvania, wooing supporters in the city of Pittsburgh. Biden had further support in the shape of pop star Lady Gaga, who performed on stage in front of the state's second most populous city.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has faced criticism from Donald Trump for her anti-fracking stanceImage: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo/picture alliance

Elsewhere former president Barack Obama was drumming up support in Miami for his former vice president. Only once since 1964 has the winner of Florida not gone on to become president.

In 1992, George Bush earned the most votes in Florida, only to lose out to Bill Clinton in the presidential race.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama has joined the Biden-Harris campaign trail with his signature "yes we can" slogan in support of his former running mateImage: Lynne Sladky/AP Photo/picture alliance

jsi/aw (dpa, AP, Reuters)