Fact Check: Donald Trump Did NOT Tweet That It's 'Not Fair For A President To Leave Office Because Of BAD Votes'

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Donald Trump Did NOT Tweet That It's 'Not Fair For A President To Leave Office Because Of BAD Votes' Fake Tweet

Did President Trump post a tweet that said it was "not fair for a president to leave office because of BAD votes" and that "the Supreme Court should decide the presidency"? No, that's not true: It is a fake tweet that was shared as real on social platforms just a day after the president made a real comment refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. The tweet, purportedly posted on the afternoon of September 23, 2020, is not on the president's Twitter timeline or in the archive of deleted tweets.

The claim appeared as a screenshot in a post shared on Facebook on September 24, 2020 by a Facebook page named "John J. Ruiz " (archived here) with following introductory text:

In my wildest dreams I never through this is the way American democracy would end. The more he speaks the desperation is apparent. He is frightened of losing because America knows he's committed of crimes, his family knows he's committed of crimes, the Republican party knows he's committed of crimes. This is not the party issues...ALL nations need to prepare to stop and fight this monster.... [What do you think?]

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Sep 24 16:53:01 2020 UTC)

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This is the text fo the fake tweet:

Not fair for a president to leave office because of BAD votes! The Supreme Court should decide the presidency at every election. And the president should always be president because that's what the American people want! #yourpresident

At least a few people were taken in by the hoax, including the poster of this tweet:

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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