Facebook said Thursday that it’s removing a video of President Trump urging supporters to vote in-person if their mail-in ballots aren’t counted because that could amount to voter fraud.
A spokesperson for the social network told Politico that the video “violates our policies prohibiting voter fraud” and will be removed “unless it is shared to correct the record.”
The video shows Trump giving a local news interview on Wednesday from the tarmac of an airport in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“So let them send it in, and let them go vote. And if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they will be able to vote,” Trump told WECT-TV.
The remark was criticized as potentially condoning voter fraud, as some jurisdictions may not have the ability to determine if someone’s mail-in vote counted when they present themselves to vote in-person.
Speaking to supporters on the tarmac, Trump made clear he was talking about voting in-person if a mail-in ballot wasn’t counted.
“If you get the unsolicited ballots, send it in and then go make sure it counted,” Trump told supporters.
“And if it doesn’t tabulate, you vote. You just vote. And then if they tabulate it very late, which they shouldn’t be doing, they will see you voted and so it won’t count. So send it in early, and then go and vote. And if it’s not tabulated you vote and the vote is going to count.”
Trump argues that widespread mail-in balloting amid the coronavirus pandemic opens the door to increased fraud.
In tweets on Thursday, Trump stressed that he was only urging people to vote in person if they submitted a mail-in ballot “that not been Counted.”