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Eric Trump may have broken New York state law by tweeting a photo of his completed ballot.
The second son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a ballot with the oval over his father’s name filled in on Tuesday.
The tweet said “It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A!” It was later deleted from Trump’s Twitter account but user AJ+ managed to take a screenshot, which can be seen in the tweet below.
An 1890 New York law bans voters from showing marked election ballots to others. A federal judge ruled last week that the law applies to social media posts.
Representatives for Eric Trump and the New York City Board of Elections did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
As Donald Trump was caught appearing to glance at his wife Melania’s ballot, a similar picture of Eric Trump appearing to look at the ballot of his wife, Lara, also made the rounds online on Tuesday. CNN’s Nathan McDermott tweeted both images side by side, writing “Like father, like son” while Chelsea Handler joked about it on her Twitter account.
Like father, like son pic.twitter.com/dqnoEZF4xf
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) November 8, 2016
When you’re worried your wife copied off of Malia. The orange doesn’t fall far from the tree. pic.twitter.com/yW8hCRkN9i
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 8, 2016
Appearing as a guest on CNN on Tuesday afternoon, Lara laughed as she addressed those two photos, when Erin Burnett brought them up and asked “What’s happening here?”
“I haven’t seen either of those, ” Lara said. “I didn’t know my husband was checking it out. But I think we can all feel safe in saying that Melania and I both voted for Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States. I don’t know. That’s the first time I’ve seen it, and that’s very funny actually. Shows you the similarities that Eric and his dad share.”
Even though Donald Trump is her father-in-law, Lara was asked about the historic significance of Hillary Clinton possibly becoming the first female president, with Burnett referencing people placing their “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave. But Lara said she wouldn’t be thrilled if Clinton became the United States’ first female president.
“I have to tell you I wouldn’t feel great about it. And the reason being that this is not the candidate that I think most women would choose as our first female president,” she said. “And I do appreciate the milestone that would be reached and the fact that she is the first woman nominated [by a major party] to be president. But we can do so much better than Hillary Clinton. You see the scandals, you see the corruption within the Clinton campaign with all of these emails that we’ve seen come out. …This is not the person that I would choose to be the first female president.”
Eric Trump tweeted a picture of his NYC ballot and then deleted it.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 8, 2016
Nov. 8, 1:27 p.m. This story has been updated with Lara Trump addressing her husband appearing to glance at her ballot when they voted earlier.
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