Proving yet again that he doesn’t understand the first thing about elections and also that he’s terrified of what will happen when Americans begin voting, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he might try to invalidate the 2020 election if a majority of voters cast their ballots by mail.
At a White House ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the president was asked about his ongoing attack on voting by mail and conflict with Democrats over the issue, Mediaite reports. He responded:
“The Democrats want to make it a political issue. It’s not a political issue, it’s really about a correct vote. You have to get voting right. You can’t have millions and millions of ballots sent all over the place, sent to people that are dead, sent to dogs, cats. Sent to everyone. This is a serious situation, this isn’t games, and you have to get it right.”
There is zero evidence that ballots have ever been sent to dogs or cats or to “everyone.” That’s just absurd hyperbole by the president.
“You can’t take millions of ballots, send them haphazardly all over the country, or all over a state, and expect it to come out properly. By the way, absentee is great, it’s been working for a long time like in Florida. Absentee, you request and it comes in, and then you send it back. Absentee is great, but universal is going to be a disaster the likes of which our country has never seen.”
Absentee ballots, it should be noted, are sent via the mail. In other words, they allow a person to vote by mail, which Trump says is a bad thing when he isn’t saying it’s a great thing.
Then came the threat of making everyone vote again if Trump doesn’t like the way the election turns out:
“It’ll end up being a rigged election or they will never come out with an outcome. They’ll have to do it again, and nobody wants that. And I don’t want that.”
Fact-check: Only Congress can schedule, postpone, or change anything about an election. The House of Representatives is in the hands of Democrats, so there will be no doing the election again just to please the would-be dictator who calls himself head of state.
Clearly, Trump knows he’s on the verge of losing in November, and he’s trying to sow doubt on the validity of the election long before a single ballot is cast.
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