- President Trump claimed that mail-in voting would lead to electoral fraud, without any solid evidence.
- US President Donald Trump has signaled the intent to rule for three terms.
- Facebook announced that it had taken down a disinformation network consisting of approximately 300 Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has warned that US President Donald Trump will most likely use a slew of schemes to hold on to power if he loses in the November elections. Speaking during a phone interview with the New York Times earlier this week, he stressed that voters and lawmakers alike have to be vigilant.
The senator is set to begin an awareness campaign to help consolidate the Democratic base as well as inform legislators about the potentially manipulative tactics that could be used by the president to retain his presidency.
“We are living in an unprecedented and dangerous moment — extremely dangerous moment — in American history. And what this speech is going to be about is whether or not the United States of America will continue to be a democracy and a nation ruled by law and our Constitution,” he said.
Trump is trailing Democratic candidate Joe Biden in most national polls. The president has in recent months, tried to sow doubt in the minds of voters by publicly questioning the credibility of proposed voting systems. He has, for example, claimed that mail-in voting would lead to electoral fraud, without any solid evidence.
He also recently urged North Carolina voters to try and vote twice in order to stress-test the system. It is important to note that it’s a federal offence to vote twice in an election. It is classified as a felony in most states, including North Carolina.
Social Media Platforms are Working to Curb Disinformation
Companies that play a pivotal role in spreading electoral information are taking the threat of disinformation campaigns seriously. Many of them have already drawn up numerous plans to curb them. The companies include Facebook and Twitter.
On Thursday, Facebook announced that it had taken down a disinformation network consisting of approximately 300 Facebook and Instagram accounts.
According to Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of Security Policy, “These are tactics and techniques we’ve seen before.
But the increasing reliance of these actors on these techniques is another sign that operating networks with fake accounts on Facebook and, quite frankly, elsewhere on major social media platforms is getting harder and harder for them.”
Trump has Suggested a Third Term
As recently highlighted by Senator Bernie Sanders, many news publishers, social media platforms, and lawmakers have underestimated the president’s resolve to stay in power, and this has to change.
A few weeks ago, Trump suggested that he could serve three terms. This was during a rally in Nevada. He said that he was “probably entitled” to four more years of leadership after the second term.
“And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably based on the way we were treated we are probably entitled to another four after that, “he said.
He has frequently stated that he has been treated unfairly as a leader after being subjected to the Russia investigation, not to mention the impeachment proceedings against him.