Fact check: Trump did not tweet to declare martial law

A screenshot of a tweet from an account allegedly spread by President Donald Trump on social media announced on December 18 that he had appealed the martial law.

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The alleged tweet, with the time stamp 18 December 2020 06:24, reads: “In terms of the Resurrection Act, I have declared martial law. It was an attempted coup. Arrest (sic) is carried out across the country. Biden handed over his passport. More to come! ”

While some social media users admit that the tweet was false, others commented that they believe it is genuine. A report says: “It has started, Draining The Swamp HAS BEGUN !!!!” (here).

Other users claim that Twitter “removed” Trump’s tweet, which means a cover-up. A Facebook message, originally in Spanish here, reads: ‘Martial law in the US tweet that was removed almost immediately by the platform. They do not want you to know ”.

No such tweet appears on Trump’s Twitter page ( twitter.com/realDonaldTrump ). Politwoops, a ProPublica project that archives archives of tweets from politicians, also shows no record of this alleged tweet, suggesting it is being fabricated (here).

The allegation follows a story the New York Times reported for the first time on December 19 here that President Trump “asked” about the possibility of “introducing martial law to” repeat “the election during a meeting of the Oval Office, an idea previously referred to by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during an interview with the conservative cable news channel Newsmax on December 17 ( here )

Other news reports have reported it here.

On November 20, Trump dismissed the reports on Twitter, calling them “fake news.” here .


Untrue. This tweet was produced. President Donald Trump did not tweet about the call for martial law.

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