Donald Trump Accuses Twitter of 'Stifling Free Speech' After Site Fact-Checks Vote-By-Mail Tweet

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump accused the microblogging platform Twitter of stifling free speech after it fact-checked a tweet of his that falsely claimed mail-in voting increases voter fraud.

"There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one," Trump wrote in a Tuesday tweet.

"That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!" Trump continued.

Twitter tagged Trump's tweets with the message reading, "Get the facts about mail-in ballots." The message linked to a page with statements asserting that there's no evidence linking mail-in ballots to voter fraud, that California will only send ballots to registered voters and that mail-in ballots are already used in Oregon, Utah and Nebraska, the latter of which both have Republican governors. Additionally, 33 other states allow mail-in voting as well.

Twitter's action marks the first time the platform has ever marked any of Trump's tweets as misleading.

".@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump wrote in response. "They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post........Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"

Trump's attacks on mail-in voting have increased as more states have considered expanding mail-in voting to allow citizens to vote in the November national elections during the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

In fact, the CARES Act that Trump signed into law on March 27 allocated $400 million to help states "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, for the 2020 Federal election cycle."

However, during a March 30 episode of Fox & Friends, Trump said of mail-in voting, "If you ever agreed to it, you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again." On April 8, Trump tweeted that mail-in voting "doesn't work out well for Republicans" despite the fact that Republicans have continued to win elections in states with mail-in voting.

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U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes, in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is closing in on 100,000 deaths in less than four months caused by the coronavirus. Win McNamee/Getty

On April 24, the governors of New York and Kentucky signed executive orders expanding voting-by-mail. Michigan is also preparing to send all state residents applications for a mail-in ballot and Nevada will send all its residents actual ballots.

In response to Michigan and Nevada's plans, Trump wrote in a May 20 tweet, "I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections."

On Tuesday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hired Rachana Desai Martin as National Director for Voter Protection and Senior Counsel.

Biden has a personal stake in the outcome of various lawsuits occurring nationwide which alternately seek to expand or oppose the expansion of mail-in ballots.

At an April 22 hearing of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Washington state Secretary of State Kim Wyman said that elections experts worry that states that want to expand mail-in voting may not have enough time or resources before November to obtain the envelopes, ballots, scanning machines and staffing needed to handle the increased demand.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden campaign for further information. This story will be updated with any response.