Even though the right to vote is clearly enshrined in the U.S. Constitution as one of the most basic rights given to every American citizen, President Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday that he doesn’t want it to be easier for people to cast a ballot.
At the daily Coronavirus Task Force briefing, the president was asked about whether or not he supported the November election being done with mail balloting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. He replied:
“I think mail-in voting is horrible. It’s corrupt. I think that mail-in voting is a terrible thing. I think if you vote, you should go. Even the concept of early voting is not the greatest because a lot of things happen. But it’s okay. But you should go and you should vote. I think you should go and you should vote. You look at what they do where they grab thousands of mail-in ballots and they dump it. I’ll tell you what. I don’t have to tell you. You can look at the statistics. There’s a lot of dishonesty going along with mail-in voting, mail-in ballots.”
President Trump: “I think mail-in voting is horrible, it’s corrupt.”
Reporter: “You voted by mail in Florida’s election last month, didn’t you?”
Trump: “Sure. I can vote by mail”
Reporter: “How do you reconcile with that?”
Trump: “Because I’m allowed to.” pic.twitter.com/Es8ZNyB3O1
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 7, 2020
But as a reporter at the press conference pointed out, Trump voted absentee in Florida recently. And Sean Eldridge, founder and president of advocacy group Stand Up America also laid a nasty fact check on the president, issuing a statement in which he noted:
“He is demanding that voters choose between protecting their health and participating in our democracy. Expanding access to the ballot through mail-in voting should not be a partisan issue, yet Trump and his cronies are trafficking in debunked conspiracy theories to undermine efforts to ensure every eligible voter can cast their ballot this fall.”
The real reason Trump and his Republican allies don’t want to make voting easier is simple, and it was admitted to by Trump during an interview on “Fox and Friends” last month, when the president remarked that “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again” if mail voting was more widespread.
Trump and the GOP don’t believe in democracy. They just want to gain and hold power, no matter what. That alone suggests that it’s time to replace every last one of them.
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