President Donald Trump has continued to push his unsubstantiated claims of illegality in the voting process in states like Pennsylvania.
The president lost his lead in the battleground state to rival Joe Biden on Friday. The state alone is all Biden needs to win the White House. He is currently leading there by more than 28,000 votes.
On Saturday, Trump sent out a barrage of tweets in which he claimed, without evidence, that there were no observers at polling stations and dismissed some ballots.
“Tens of thousands of votes were illegally received after 8 P.M. on Tuesday, Election Day, totally and easily changing the results in Pennsylvania and certain other razor thin states. As a separate matter, hundreds of thousands of Votes were illegally not allowed to be OBSERVED,” Trump wrote.
“This would ALSO change the Election result in numerous States, including Pennsylvania, which everyone thought was easily won on Election Night, only to see a massive lead disappear, without anyone being allowed to OBSERVE, for long intervals of time, what the happened.”
He continued: “Bad things took place during those hours where LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed. Tractors blocked doors & windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the count rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!”
All tweets were labelled as disputed and potentially misleading by Twitter.
The president and his team have launched legal challenges in several battleground states.
Courts have ruled that Pennsylvania can count ballots that arrive after election day, as long as they are postmarked on, or prior to, the day itself but his team did win a legal case to allow closer inspection of the state’s counts.
Meanwhile, more than 50 groups carrying the slogan “Stop the Steal” have appeared on Facebook in the last two days.
Administrators of some of the new groups are warning their members to avoid using threatening or violent language.
On Thursday, the platform shut down one rapidly growing group for calling on members to ready their weapons should President Trump lose his bid to remain in the White House.