Donald Trump Jr took to Twitter on Thursday to express frustration about the election results, in which his father has fallen behind. In what many have called an irresponsible tweet, Trump Jr told his audience that “the best thing for America’s future” is for his father to go to “total war” over the election.
“It’s time to clean up this mess & stop looking like a banana republic!” he said.
Twitter flagged the tweet a few minutes after it was posted for violating its “Civic integrity policy.”
The tweet comes as the Trump campaign is contesting election results in numerous battleground states, demanding recounts in some areas and calling on polls to stop counting in others. The campaign has faced heavy criticism over its moves to contest the election, even from many long-time allies.
If Biden does end up winning the election, the Trump family will face more restrictions on Twitter if they continue to get in trouble for their posts. According to a report this week from Bloomberg, Twitter confirmed that Trump’s account will fall under the same rules as everyone else when he leaves office.
He is currently given a pass for violating Twitter’s rules because the company feels that world leaders should have their views on record so they can be judged accordingly. If he breaks Twitter’s rules too often, which includes inciting violence or spreading misinformation, Trump could see his account banned or heavily restricted.
“A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.
“It’s preserving a record of what is said in the public interest,” said Vijaya Gadde, a lawyer for Twitter previously said.
On Wednesday, Twitter labeled five of President Donald Trump’s tweets as “disputed” and possibly “misleading.”
Twitter attached labels to the tweets saying that “some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
Eric Trump faced embarrassment after sharing a post that was later shown to be fake. The video showed someone burning ballots, but ballots that were shown burning on camera were merely sample ballots, and the video appeared to be staged.
The Trump campaign continues to insist that the Democrats were cheating, and is promising legal battles every step of the way. However, in many states where lawsuits have been filed, judges have rejected them, including Michigan, where they wanted the counting to stop entirely until they were able to send someone to oversee the process. However, it looks like the lawsuit in Michigan will be going nowhere, and Joe Biden has been called as the projected winner.
Meanwhile, a Georgia judge dismissed a similar lawsuit from Trump’s campaign on Thursday, ruling that there was no evidence that ballots being processed in Chatham County had been received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.