Trump Tweets 'Rigged Election?' After Data Firm Warns About Initial Results

President Donald Trump responded to claims that he could win an apparent landslide victory on election night only to lose days later due to mailed ballots by suggesting that the vote could be rigged against him.

Trump re-tweeted an article from The National Pulse, an outlet that had picked up comments from a data and analytics firm about the possibility of delayed results on 3 November.

Josh Mendelsohn, CEO of Hawkfish, told Axios on Tuesday that Trump could win in a "red mirage" landslide but then lose to former Vice President Joe Biden when all postal ballots are tallied, up to four days later.

The National Pulse article ran Mendelsohn's comments under the headline "WARNING: Democrat Data Firm Admits 'Incredible' Trump Landslide Will Be Flipped By Mail-In Votes Emerging A Week After Election Day."

The article heavily implies that Mendelsohn's comments are an admission of a Democratic plot to steal the election.

Hawkfish is funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and has done work for the Democratic Party.

"Rigged Election?" the president asked while sharing the article.

Rigged Election?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020

This isn't the first time Trump has claimed the election might be rigged against him. He's repeatedly attacked mail-in ballots and claimed they'll be susceptible to massive voter fraud.

Hawkfish's CEO told Axios that because of delays in tabulating mail-in ballots, Trump could seem to win in a landslide on election night, even appearing to carry traditionally blue states.

"We are sounding an alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump," Mendelsohn said.

"When every legitimate vote is tallied and we get to that final day, which will be some day after Election Day, it will in fact show that what happened on election night was exactly that, a mirage

The president has continued to claim, without evidence, that the election will be rigged against him, while some of his critics have made the same charge because of his attacks on mail-in voting.

Trump suggested delaying the election due to the possibility of fraud on 30 July.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA," he tweeted.

"Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

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President Donald Trump speaks to officials during a roundtable discussion on community safety, at Mary D. Bradford High School in in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. Trump visited Kenosha, the city at the center of a raging US debate over racism, despite pleas to stay away and claims he is dangerously fanning tensions as a re-election ploy. He has suggested the presidential election will be rigged against him. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images