A Facebook group set up to organize rallies and fundraisers to challenge any election result that doesn't favor Donald Trump has today been shut down.
Here's what we know so far...
It's been one hell of a journey.
via: GettyBack in August, when it was announced that Joe Biden would be going head-to-head with Donald Trump as the official Democratic nominee, we knew this race was going to be filled with ups and downs.
But with the end in sight, the 2020 presidential elections have given us more than we initially expected.
via: GettyWhile both sides made the best out of an exceptional situation - the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - they also fell victim to some strange habits, including name-calling, late-night ramblings, inaccurate tweets, and misquotes.
And, of course, there have been some serious accusations.
via: GettyAs Trump's numbers dwindle just behind Biden's, the president, presumably in a wild panic, resorted to accusing the Democrats of "stealing" votes.
This, of course, spurred on a whole load of hate from loyal Trump supporters...
via: GettyWho quickly took to the streets - and ballot counting centers - to try and put a stop to this "fraudulent" counting themselves.
And, when a Facebook group dedicated to Trump's illegitimate theory was created...
via: GettyThe social media platform was left with no choice but to take serious action. But first, let's have a quick recap of what's happened so far...
To sum things up, the first presidential debate diminished the last bit of hope we had.
via: GettyThe Guardian described it as a "national humiliation" watched by global audiences, if that's anything to go by. Rather than discussing the pressing issues that were plaguing the country, the 2 nominees resorted to hurling insults from either side of the podium.
And the chance to redeem themselves was stolen as the second debate got canceled.
via: GettyDue to the president's potentially contagious self, the second debate was forcibly canceled, though the rivals still held their own separate events where they discussed all the topics they couldn't go into detail about the first time. Public opinion on who performed the best was divided.
And the third and final debate was probably the best of them all, only because of one thing...
via: GettyMuting the opponent's mic while someone else was speaking. Who knew such a simple tactic would be so effective? The final debate, which took place in Tennessee, saw both candidates discuss several of the country's problems, including the coronavirus pandemic, social movements, and climate change.
But of course, it didn't come without some last-minute digs.
via: GettyWell, what else were we really expecting?
This week, the big day finally arrived.
via: GettyOn November 3rd, the polls officially closed and the ballot counting began... but, this year, things are proving to take a little longer than usual.
Back in 2016, the winner was announced in the early hours of the following day.
via: GettyWhen it was announced that Wisconsin had voted red and ultimately pushed Donald Trump over the 270 electoral threshold, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat and our new president was announced.
But this year, due to the large number of mail ballots, we will be waiting a little longer for the overall results.
via: GettyAnd, so far, it's proving to be a close one.
Nearly 100 million had already cast their vote before election day...
via: GettyAnd according to the initial polls showed that Biden and his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, lead the way, being favored amongst 66% of voters.
But between the people that voted on election day, 69% of them favored Trump.
via: GettyOther polls predicted results that opposed each other, some thinking our current president would be re-elected, while others rounded up that we would have a Democrat on the throne.
However, at the time of writing, Biden holds the lead.
via: GettyBiden currently holds 264 electoral college votes, while Trump lags behind with only 214. Of course, this could all change dramatically as the 5 final States get their votes in but, it's needless to say, Trump is seriously panicking.
So Trump did what Trump does best.He took to Twitter and accused Biden of "stealing" the election, an accusation that, to this day, still remains unproven. Of course, the Tweet was hastily deleted.
But, regardless of the accusation being deleted...
via: GettyTrump's message spread like wildfire amongst his loyal supporters, and they were quick to take to the streets in protest of "stopping the steal."
And, on Wednesday, a Facebook group started circulating.
via: GettyThe group, which was appropriately titled, “Stop the Steal", organized rallies and fundraisers to challenge election results across the country.
The Facebook group had accumulated more than 300,000 members in less than forty-eight-hours...
via: GettyAnd was littered with election misinformation accusing the Democrats of plotting to steal the 2020 presidential election from Trump.
But this afternoon, it was removed from the site.
via: GettyA Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement: “In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal’ which was creating real-world events. The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from members of the group." Make sure to stay posted for any election updates.