Twitter Labels Trump Tweet as ‘Disputed’: Campaign Update
(Bloomberg) -- Twitter labeled a tweet by President Donald Trump as possibly “misleading.” A deceptively presented video of Democratic nominee Joe Biden went viral. And a political prisoner freed under Trump’s watch says he boasted of her release to feed his ego.
It is Election Day and 41 days until the Electoral College meets.
Twitter Labels a Trump Tweet as Possibly ‘Misleading’
Twitter Inc. put a warning label on a post by Trump claiming that a Supreme Court decision allowing an extension for counting votes in Pennsylvania would lead to cheating and induce violence.
“Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process,” the company’s label reads, with a link to information about how voting by mail is “legal and safe.”Twitter also disabled some ways of sharing the tweet.
The company’s policy is to label messages that contain information that could manipulate or interfere with elections, and earlier Monday it reiterated that its policy will be to flag tweets from certain accounts -- including candidates -- who claim an election victory before it’s called by at least two of seven selected authoritative national news outlets.
Trump continued complaining about the ruling during rallies in the Midwest on Monday night.
“You’re going to have a population that’s going to be very, very angry and you just can’t do that. That is such a dangerous decision,” he said in Wisconsin. -- Jillian Ward
Misleading Biden Video Goes Viral (9:59 p.m.)
A video falsely purporting to show Biden boasting about committing voter fraud garnered 17 million views across social platforms, which only sporadically flagged the post as deceptive, according to the nonprofit researcher Avaaz.
The viral video incorporates a quote from a Biden appearance on the “Pod Save America” podcast earlier this month where he tries to reassure listeners that his team can effectively combat voter fraud.
“We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for our administration — President Obama’s administration before this — we have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” he said. The quote is edited to make it sound like Biden intends to carry out voter fraud.
Facebook Inc. only labeled the video as misleading in some cases, while YouTube and Twitter Inc. didn’t label it at all.
“It is unclear why Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have not taken any significant measures against it -- given that it stokes fear that there is widespread voter fraud and undermines trust not only in the candidate, but in the whole electoral process,” Avaaz said in its report. The New York Times earlier reported on the episode. --
Freed Political Prisoner Says Trump Boasted About Her Release (5:06 p.m.)
Aya Hijazi, a political prisoner who was freed in 2017 after spending three years in jail in Egypt, said Monday that Trump had boasted that he had been able to secure her release after President Barack Obama “failed,” and that she felt he used her freedom to feed his ego.
On Twitter, Hijazi posted a photo of herself with Trump in the Oval Office shortly after her release. She said that at the time, “Trump leaned in & said, ‘you know it’s I who released you, don’t you? I succeeded & Obama failed’ in the most vulnerable moment of my life, 48 hrs after releasing me from prison.”
Hijazi encouraged her followers to vote for Biden instead, adding that “it was never about me like it was never about us. It’s about his ego. We deserve better.”
Trump has boasted about the release of U.S. hostages as part of his re-election campaign.
The U.S. had unsuccessfully advocated for Hijazi’s release for years, after she was imprisoned in Egypt on charges of child abuse. Trump pushed for Hijazi’s release after the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi visited the White House in 2017. -- Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou
Trump Establishes Commission to Promote ‘Patriotic Education’ (4:05 p.m.)
Trump signed an executive order establishing what he calls a “1776 Commission” to counter the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which reframes American history around the date the first African slaves were brought to what would become the U.S.
Trump has attacked the 1619 Project as a distortion of U.S. history and announced in September that he would appoint his own commission to promote “patriotic education.” His opponents regard the move as an appeal to White voters displeased with a focus on slavery and race relations in grade-school history classes.
“Despite the virtues and accomplishments of this nation, many students are now taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but rather villains,” Trump’s order reads. “This radicalized view of American history lacks perspective, obscures virtues, twists motives, ignores or distorts facts, and magnifies flaws, resulting in the truth being concealed and history disfigured.”
The new commission was ordered to produce a report within a year, and Trump also directed federal agencies to promote “patriotic education.” -- Alex Wayne
Biden Leads Trump in Ohio, Florida (3:34 p.m.)
Biden leads Trump in Ohio and Florida, two of the most hotly contested battleground states, according to a poll released on the eve of the election by Quinnipiac University.
The poll shows Biden ahead of Trump by 5 percentage points in Florida, 47% to 42%, and by 4 points in Ohio, 47% to 43%. Both results were outside the polls’ margins of error of 2.4 points for Florida and 2.6 points for Ohio.
The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Biden leading by 1.4 percentage points in Florida and Trump leading by the same margin in Ohio. Trump won Ohio in 2016 by a margin of 8.1 percentage points and Florida by a margin of 1.2 percentage points.
Another Quinnipiac poll released Monday show Biden also leads Trump by 11 points nationally 50% to 39%. Only 27% of voters in the national poll say they will be casting their vote in person on Tuesday. Another 37% state they will or already have cast their vote by mail and 35% say they will or have voted at an early polling location.
The three polls were conducted Oct. 28-Nov. 1. The national poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points. -- Emma Kinery
Susan B. Anthony Fund Says It Spent $52 Million for Trump (2:46 p.m.)
The Susan B. Anthony Fund says it spent more than $52 million on Trump’s re-election and key Senate races, the most for any group opposing abortion in an election.
As a nonprofit, the group won’t officially report its fundraising totals until a year from now, but in a summary of its election-year work, it pointed out that it reached out to 8 million voters in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
That included everything from door-to-door canvassing to voter mail, live calls and text messages. It also aired online ads that were viewed 45 million times.
The organization’s super political action committee arm, Women Speak Out PAC, raised $11 million and spent around $9.5 million, and a second PAC distributed around $1.6 million to candidate who oppose abortion, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
Trump was the first sitting president to speak in person at the annual March for Life in January. The Susan B. Anthony Fund also focused on issues such as late-term abortion and the Supreme Court. -- Jennifer Jacobs and Bill Allison
Justice Department to Send Voting Monitors to 18 States (11:42 a.m.)
The Justice Department plans to send monitors to voting locations in 18 states on Tuesday to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws, including six counties in the battleground state of Florida and three in Pennsylvania.
The department’s Civil Rights Division will send personnel to 44 jurisdictions across the country. Besides Florida and Pennsylvania, the locations include seven counties in Michigan, three counties in Arizona and two in Georgia, the department announced on Monday.
The monitors will focus on making sure polling locations comply with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the other federal voting rights laws, according to the department.
“Our federal laws protect the right of all American citizens to vote without suffering discrimination, intimidation, and harassment,” said Eric Dreiband, head of the Civil Rights Division.
The numbers are lower than under the Obama administration in 2016, when the department sent monitors to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states. -- Chris Strohm
Kentucky Voters Waiting in Line May Hear Election Day Pitches (11:32 a.m.)
Protesters, poll watchers and political activists can get up close and personal with Kentucky voters standing in long lines Monday and Tuesday thanks to an opinion issued by the state’s Republican attorney general.
Kentucky law only prohibits “electioneering” within 100 feet of a polling location entrance, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a formal opinion he issued Friday.
The state’s Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams sought Cameron’s advice on how his office should handle electioneering activity along the Covid-19-stretched voting lines. Socially distanced early voting lines have routinely been longer than 100 feet, often wrapping around buildings or trailing down streets.
Long lines on Election Day are expected in Democratic strongholds of Louisville and Lexington, where former fighter pilot Amy McGrath must overperform if she hopes to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He’s held his seat for 36 years. -- Alexander Ebert
House Democrats Could Gain 10 to 15 Seats, Forecaster Says (10:51 a.m.)
House Democrats are likely to add to their ranks in Tuesday’s election, expanding their current 35-seat advantage over Republicans, according to new projections from the Cook Political Report
“We now view a Democratic net gain of 10 to 15 seats as the likeliest outcome, with anything from five to 20 seats well within the realm of possibility,” the Cook Political Report said Monday in a report that shifted eight races toward the Democrats.
There are currently 232 Democrats in the House and 197 Republicans, along with one Libertarian and five vacancies.
Democrats could gain as many as six of those seats in Texas, which has seen record turnout already. -- Laura Davison
Another Trump Event Leaves Supporters in the Cold (8:57 a.m.)
Trump’s barnstorming again left some of his supporters exposed to the elements.
On Sunday, supporters at a rally in Rome, Georgia, waited hours for buses to take them to their cars because only a narrow road was available.
A Trump campaign spokesman tweeted that “buses ran smoothly,” that heating tents and hand warmers were available and that all 15,000 attendees were clear of the site in less than two hours. “Folks at the outdoor rally had a blast and left safely,” tweeted spokesman Tim Murtaugh.
Trump supporters were also left waiting after rallies in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday and Pittsburgh on Saturday, while several were treated for heat exhaustion at a Tampa, Florida, rally on Thursday.
Biden Maintains Lead in Crucial Pennsylvania (6 a.m.)
Biden has a 7-point lead in his home state of Pennsylvania in one of the final pre-election polls.
A Monmouth University Poll released Monday found 51% of likely voters backed Biden and 44% supported Trump in a high-turnout election. With more than 2.4 million early votes already cast, pollsters say higher-than-normal turnout is very likely.
Biden has led in nearly every poll in Pennsylvania in September and October, and the RealClearPolitics average of polls showed him ahead by 4.3 percentage points before the Monmouth poll came out.
Biden was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Delaware as a child.
Biden and running mate Kamala Harris will visit Pennsylvania for last-minute get-out-the-vote events, including appearances by Lady Gaga and John Legend. Trump will also hold an election-eve rally in Biden’s birthplace of Scranton.
The Monmouth poll of 502 registered voters in Pennsylvania was conducted Oct. 28-Nov. 1. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.4 percentage points.
Boy With Stutter Who Spoke at Democratic Convention Narrates Ad
A boy who bonded with Biden over stuttering is the narrator of one of the Democratic challenger’s final ads.
With the Biden campaign pushing positive, feel-good spots in the last hours of the race, “Never Underestimate” features 13-year-old Brayden Harrington.
Harrington, who met Biden at a campaign event in February, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in August about how he was inspired by Biden’s own work to overcome a childhood stutter. A video of his speech shared on Twitter was viewed more than 12 million times.
In the ad, Harrington says that Biden “has always believed anyone can do great things.”
“Just know, Joe’s in your corner,” he says. “Mine too. He’ll never underestimate you. He’ll never underestimate a teacher, never underestimate a nurse, never underestimate a soldier.”
A video of the ad shared on Twitter had been viewed nearly a million times Monday morning.
Trump’s Election Eve Tweets Are Very Different Than in 2016
In the closing days of the 2016 election, Trump’s normally voluble Twitter feed became suddenly restrained. This time? Not so much.
In 26 tweets in the final three days of his previous campaign, Trump mostly offered thanks to various battleground states and links to favorable opinion pieces.
On Sunday alone, Trump tweeted 49 times. He claimed that Biden “is the candidate of rioters, looters, arsonists, gun-grabbers, flag-burners, Marxists, lobbyists, and special interests.” He referred to Biden’s “47 years of treachery and betrayal.”
He said “the Radical Left is going down,” referred to himself as “your all time favorite President,” claimed Biden would “indoctrinate your children with Anti-American lies,” and attacked Fox News host Chris Wallace.
And he referred to a group of drivers who surrounded a Biden campaign bus in Texas as “patriots,” saying they did nothing wrong.
North Carolina Expects to Count 97% of Ballots on Tuesday Night
While Pennsylvania may not finish counting ballots until Friday, North Carolina aims to be done more quickly.
The State Board of Elections said Sunday that it expects at least 97% of all ballots cast in the battleground state to be counted and reported Tuesday night, according to the Charlotte Observer.
More than 4.5 million North Carolina voters have already cast a ballot, 95% of the state’s total 2016 turnout. The vast majority did so via early voting, which means those results can be tallied quickly once the polls close.
Still, if the race is tight, it may take a few days to identify a definitive winner, as the state will accept mail-in ballots until Nov. 12, as long as they have an Election Day postmark.
And it very well may be close. Biden is currently ahead by about a third of a percentage point in North Carolina in the RealClearPolitics polling average.
Trump is holding rallies in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Traverse City, Michigan; Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday.
Biden is barnstorming Pennsylvania.
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