The Hill article The Trump administration has moved to end the use of social media as a way to identify voters, a move that could have implications for voting practices across the country.
President Trump has long said his administration is taking a hard line against voter fraud and voter suppression, but has recently moved to take a more inclusive stance on the use and use of online platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Trump tweeted Friday that the U.S. should use “every tool in our toolbox” to suppress voters.
“We have the tools to do it, the technology, the people, the organizations, but we can’t do it if we do it behind closed doors and hide behind our ‘fake news’ excuse,” Trump wrote.
“If we don’t, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of past elections.”
Trump’s tweet was in response to a New York Times article on Wednesday, which found voter fraud is widespread and that “fraud is a growing problem” nationwide.
In the piece, the Times found that there are nearly 100 cases of suspected voter fraud each day nationwide.
The White House also said Friday it would be “making a statement” about social media, but would not offer any details.