President Donald Trump flip-flopped hard on mail-in voting in a frantic Twitter post on Tuesday urging voters in Florida to vote by mail despite previous efforts to demonize it.
Trump has frequently claimed that voting by mail is rife with fraud and that any effort to do so is an attempt to rig the election. He even cited it when he suggested the 2020 Election be delayed.
Trump most recently accused Nevada lawmakers of staging a coup after an expansion of mail-in voting was passed and signed by the governor.
But because Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls in Florida, a crucial state Trump needs if he wants to win re-election, he went into panic mode and urged the state to vote by mail.
Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2020
Florida’s vote by mail system is no different than other states. But Trump is getting his a** handed to him there because coronavirus has hit the state hard and his chance of winning the state’s electoral votes in November is in jeopardy. If Trump really believed mail-in voting was rife with “fraud” he would not be begging Florida voters to do it now.
Of course, Twitter users rightfully mocked his panicked hypocrisy.
You sound scared, bro. #TrumpIsLosing
— Republicans for Joe Biden (@RepsForBiden) August 4, 2020
You are just saying this so that you can vote by mail without sounding like a hypocrite. What makes Florida any different than any other state with the exact same system?
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 4, 2020
— Nestor “the boss” Gomez (@soloyochapin) August 4, 2020
In which he admits that absentee and mail-in ballots are the same exact thing.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 4, 2020
Trump trying to do cleanup after Republicans likely raised alarms he’s suppressing his own vote by attacking mail-in voting, a main method of voting for seniors in Florida. https://t.co/FtNNlrRKN3
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) August 4, 2020
Safe in GOP strongholds, yet CORRUPT everywhere else.
— BestOfBad (@badmovieman) August 4, 2020
Funny how you are ENCOURAGING the States that you’re DESPERATE to Win to request MAIL IN Ballots.
You are so TRANSPARENT
It doesn’t matter what you do, the OVERWHELMING LANDSLIDE on November 3 to remove you from office will be an HISTORIC Defeat. pic.twitter.com/8x6TZdnR3k
— The Resistor Sister ♥️????? (@the_resistor) August 4, 2020
It should also be pointed out that now that Trump has endorsed vote by mail in Florida, he won’t have an easy time contesting the result should he lose. He especially won’t be able to claim that mail-in voting is the reason why he lost. This tweet proves it, and it would certainly be used against him in court.
But what matters most is that Trump just sabotaged his crusade against vote by mail. Oops.
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