Trump falsely claims victory in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina; Twitter flags it as fake news

Donald Trump claims victory in Michigan and Pennsylvania
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With a 60,000 vote victory for Joe Biden in Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina still hanging in the balance with thousands of uncounted votes, President Donald Trump filed lawsuits to stop the count and then he took to Twitter.

And there he claimed victory.

"We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,.....there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!" Trump tweeted.

The tweets were almost immediately flagged by twitter with a message saying, "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process." It was one of five Trump Tweets that were flagged by the social media company just yesterday.

The "widely reported" claim he appeared to be referencing was, according to FOX News a since-deleted single tweet from conservative columnist Matt Mackowiak that said "An update gives Biden 100% of new votes — 128k+".

Per FOX, Mackowiak later deleted the tweet when he realized that what he thought was fraud was actually a typo on a blog that was quickly corrected. He said he sent his tweet honestly, did not intend to provide fake news, and deleted it when it was proven false.

"The screenshot and data discrepancy came from the account Decision Desk HQ, which tracks the votes, entered an extra zero into Joe Biden's total for Shiawasse County, giving him 153,710 votes instead of 15,371 at the time. The extra zero was removed and the correction was made," FOX reported

Meanwhile, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced all the ballots in MIchigan had been properly counted, despite Trump's lawsuit and a brief unrest caused by people who declared themselves poll watchers at the TCF Center in Detroit.

Benson said, "In Michigan, the process worked," and that she is confident the vote counting process was "secure" and "accurate" -- and anyone who tells you otherwise is "attacking our democracy, or unhappy with the results."