- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 4, 2020

President Trump early Wednesday declared himself up big in the presidential race and accused his political rivals of “trying to STEAL the Election.”

Mr. Trump fired off a series of tweets after Democratic challenger Joseph R. Biden gave a speech predicting he would win and urged Americans to “keep the faith” and be patient as mail-in ballots are slowly counted in battleground states.

“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!” tweeted Mr. Trump.

He also said that he would be making a statement, and he added, “A Big WIN!”

Twitter restricted the visibility of Mr. Trump’s tweet alleging his opponents were trying to steal the election and it applied a label that said “some or all” of the content in the tweet was disputed and could be misleading.

“We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election,” Twitter said via its @TwitterSafety account. “This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy.”

Mr. Trump has long warned that mail-in voting and extended deadlines for ballots to be accepted were a recipe for election fraud.

So far, he wracked up several wins in states he needed to retrace his path to the White House from 2016, including winning Florida and Ohio.

But election results were delayed in crucial swing states of Pennsylvania Michigan, Wisconsin where the fate of the 202O race will be decided.

• Ryan Lovelace can be reached at rlovelace@washingtontimes.com.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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