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Eric Trump’s premature Pennsylvania tweet has come back to haunt him

By Friday, his tweet was already being disproven.

Nov 6, 2020, 10:32 am*

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Michelle Jaworski

On Wednesday, Eric Trump prematurely called Pennsylvania for Donald Trump well before Pennsylvania finished tallying votes, a move that was immediately dragged on Twitter. But after Joe Biden pushed ahead in Pennsylvania, a state that Biden is now very likely to win, people are jumping to remind him just how wrong he is.

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Trump’s claim about Pennsylvania was—like most of what Donald Trump has posted since Nov. 3—immediately flagged by Twitter, which slapped an “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted” warning on it. While it wouldn’t stop many of Donald Trump’s followers from believing the claim from his son, the warning served as a reminder that Pennsylvania hadn’t been called yet.

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By Friday morning, Biden pulled ahead in the tally because of incoming votes from Philadelphia, something that Philadelphia quickly started celebrating.

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As of press time, most outlets have yet to call Pennsylvania for Biden because Pennsylvania still has 10s of thousands of votes left to count. But because most of those are coming from Philadelphia, a city that is heavily Democratic, it’s widely believed that Donald Trump won’t be able to make up ground on the growing deficit of votes to achieve victory in Pennsylvania.

With Biden almost guaranteed to win Pennsylvania, and with it, make it over the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidential election, people are already using Trump’s tweet against him to point out how wrong he was.

For example, one person Photoshopped Biden’s head and Trump’s tweet on the famous photo of Harry Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which prematurely claimed that Thomas Dewey won the 1948 presidential election over the incumbent Truman before Truman actually won the election.

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But plenty of others are using Trump’s tweet as an indication of “there’s always a tweet,” aka the notion that for any news event, there is a tweet from someone linked to the Trump administration—mostly Donald Trump, but it occasionally falls to one of his associates or children—that is proven to be hypocritical or flat-out wrong.

So in the case of Trump prematurely claiming victory in Pennsylvania, people have mainly either been pointing to Biden’s turn in the state or asking for an update.

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While Trump has yet to address his Pennsylvania tweet, he is now using his Twitter account to spread baseless claims that voter fraud has taken place in states whose votes are being tallied and post information that Twitter has flagged as being “disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”

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*First Published: Nov 6, 2020, 10:31 am