On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. fired off a tweet calling for his father to wage “absolute war on the election” while parroting the same claims of voter fraud that his father used to justify his fading hopes of remaining in the White House.
To spread false information about the referendum, Twitter quickly concealed the message from view.
In the midst of a flurry of lawsuits brought by his father’s election campaign, Trump Jr., who has a long history of using Twitter to fuel conspiracy theories, hit the send button, including one in Pennsylvania that tried to avoid the counting of ballots.
“The best thing for America’s future is for @realDonaldTrump to go to total war over this election to expose all of the fraud, cheating, dead/no longer in state voters, that has been going on for far too long,” Trump Jr. wrote, repeating several conspiracy theories about the election and seemingly calling for Americans to go to war with one another.
“It’s time to clean up this mess & stop looking like a banana republic!” he added.
For breaching its “Civic integrity policy,” Twitter flagged the tweet minutes after it was released.
Since the 2020 presidential election wrapped up on Tuesday night, a number of crucial swing states have not been named, including Pennsylvania and Georgia, which Trump needs to carry to get the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
In both states, his campaign has filed a variety of cases, including one in Georgia’s Chatham County, which was dismissed by a judge on Thursday.