Almost nothing is surprising about President Donald Trump going on a long Twitter rant after four years of it – except one important caveat: he’s now lost the upcoming presidency.
And so his tweets are somehow even more dramatic, increasingly paranoid, and, importantly, flagged by Twitter as false (perhaps a bit late on the part of the social media company). Like the country itself, the response was partisan: some praised Trump for being the ‘best president ever’ while others called the whole thing “outrageous” and “ridiculous”. Here is a breakdown of his Sunday night Twitter tirade.
Trump’s first tweet of the evening was in his classic all-caps style: “RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!” While the tweet was like over half a million times, it was immediately marked by Twitter as: “This claim about election fraud is disputed”. In that, there is absolutely no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
He then tweeted immediately after, “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”
While also flagged by Twitter as disputed, as there is no evidence the election was ‘rigged’. One thing here seems to be true: that Trump has refused to concede.
He then retweeted a story by an NBC News affiliate – which he often refers to as ‘fake news’ – that reported the Virginia Wesleyan University business professor and dean Paul Ewell wrote that anyone who chose Biden for president is “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian.” He responded, “progress!” How is this malicious name-calling ‘progress’? We’re not sure.
A bit later on, Trump made sure to do some name-calling himself, bashing his former national security advisor John Bolton, calling him “one of the dumbest people in government”, “a sullen, dull and quiet guy” and finally, “a real dope!”.
Trump then shared a Breitbart News article that reportedly showed police officers ‘doing nothing’ as Trump supporters are assaulted by protestors. (The Anti-Defamation League has described the outlet as "the premier website of the alt-right" representing "white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists”.)
The president then went back to tweeting about the “rigged” election (again flagged by Twitter) while sharing a video entitled “GOOD vs. EVIL”. The video shows split-screen images of his supporters singing the National Anthem, and what looks like anti-Trump protestors.
He posted two more Tweets about the “Million MAGA March” – thousands turned out in Washington DC on Sunday to support Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud – saying “Amazing!” and “Spirit like never before”.
Trump then switched back to angry-tweeting: “Our big cases showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 Election, & the outrage of things that were done to change the outcome, will soon be filed!” This tweet was not flagged by Twitter – although there is definitely no evidence of “unconstitutionality” in the election.
The president took a break from his rampage to congratulate NASA. A bit out of left-field, but we all know how much Trump loves space.
OK, immediately back to making outrageous claims:
“From large numbers of Poll Watchers that were thrown out of vote counting rooms in many of our States, to millions of ballots that have been altered by Democrats, only for Democrats, to voting after the Election was over, to using Radical Left, owned Dominion Voting Systems…”
Guess what? “This claim about election fraud is disputed”.
And finally, it seems like even Trump got a bit tired of his immense amounts of tweeting at this point, so he just simply, falsely tweeted (at about midnight his time): “I WON THE ELECTION!”
Obviously flagged by Twitter as false, this has also been called completely wrong by, well, everywhere. Even so, 'Trumpism' is still clearly alive and well, with many of his followers believing his claims to be accurate – so this is not something to brush off lightly.
Congratulations on making it through a long evening of Trump tweeting, it will certainly happen again soon.