Brad Parscale, who serves as the campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s reelection effort, didn’t vote for his boss in the 2016 election, according to election records that were obtained by CBS News:
“Bexar County, Texas Election Department documents show Parscale, then a San Antonio resident, voted in the 2016 primary but not in the general election. He did cast a ballot in the 2012 and 2018 federal elections. And his 2018 vote was submitted by mail.”
Asked about his failure to vote in 2016, Parscale attempted to blame it on mail-in balloting:
“In 2016, I was in New York working to elect Donald Trump and encountered a series of problems receiving my absentee ballot from Texas and missed the deadline. Just further proof that vote-by-mail is not the flawless solution Democrats and the media pretend it is.”
However, Trump has repeatedly complained that absentee balloting is rife with fraud, even though he has provided no evidence to support such an allegation. Twitter even placed a warning on one of the president’s tweets about fraud being rampant in mail voting.
With a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus expected to hit in in the fall, many states are considering going to absentee voting in an effort to keep their residents safe from infection.
Just this week, Trump again doubled down on his doubts regarding mail-in balloting, telling Politico he believes he’ll lose if the practice becomes widespread:
“My biggest risk is that we don’t win lawsuits. We have many lawsuits going all over. And if we don’t win those lawsuits, I think — I think it puts the election at risk.”
Parscale echoed those sentiments, telling CBS:
“There’s a vast difference between voting absentee by mail when you can’t get to the polls on Election Day versus mailing every registered voter a ballot, even those who didn’t request one. The media thinks they’re playing ‘gotcha’ by purposefully ignoring that difference.”
In other words, Parscale and Trump — who both vote absentee — think mail voting is fine for them, but believe it’s corrupt when others do the same thing.
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