Donald Trump Accuses Postal Workers of Stealing Mail-in Ballots in Crazy Fox News Interview
President Donald Trump went on an unhinged rant against mail-in voting in a bonkers Fox News interview Thursday morning, claiming without evidence the process is “rigged” and that ballots are being hoarded by postal workers, China, and Russia.
Mail-in voting is gaining popularity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 166,000 Americans. Yesterday, Wednesday, was the deadliest day since May, with 55,910 new cases of and 1,499 deaths due to COVID-19.
“The whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that’s a rigged election waiting to happen,” Trump said on Mornings with Maria. “It’s rigged and everyone knows it.”
A clearly agigated Trump, stumbling over his own words, seethed to host Maria Bartiromo that you “can’t send 60 million ballots to everybody in the w… who knows who’s getting them. The mailmen are gonna get them. People are just gonna grab batches of them, and you’re talking about China and Russia, they’ll be grabbing plenty of them.”
“It’s a disaster. It’s a rigged election waiting to happen, and it’s just common sense. You wouldn’t even have to know anything about politics or elections. It’s common sense.”
Trump quickly contradicted himself by defending absentee voting (which is done by mail).
He called it “okay” because you have to “send in for a ballot” and that “they go through a process where they send it to you and then you send it. It’s fine.”
For Trump, though, non-absentee mail-in voting is ripe with fraud (there is no evidence to support this).
“These mail-in ballots… they send millions of them all over the country. It’s going to be a rigged election. The country shouldn’t allow it,” Trump blubbered, before making a blatant attempt to delegitimize the election.
“The courts have to step in, we’re in many different courts right now,” he said. “If the courts don’t step in, the federal courts, then you’ll never know who won the election.”
To defend his assertions, Trump alluded to a House race in New York that experienced a delay in the vote count.
As well, Trump whined that ballots were “sent to dogs” and “dead people” in Virginia, claiming that “500,000 phony ballot applications were sent to voters.” Indeed, there was an instance of voter fraud in Virginia in June, and it was perpetrated by a mail carrier changing voter regitstrations from Democrat to Republican.
Thus, Trump said, mail-in voting is an “impossibility” because “the Post Office isn’t set up for this” (in fact it is, unless the Trump administration gets its way).
Trump and his cronies are on a double crusade: confuse the public and kneecap the United States Postal Service.
Last week, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a former Trump mega-donor with no relevant experience managing a federal courier service, conducted a Friday Night Massacre style purge of top USPS officials in the midst of congressional investigations into policy changes that have had a detrimental effect on mail delivery. House Democrats have since launched an effort to oust DeJoy.
Trump admitted that without proper funding, which he and Republicans are obstructing, that the USPS will lack the resources to handle a mail-in election.
“They need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” the president said. “But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”
Trump made similar remarks on Wednesday about the USPS, which has pleaded for emergency funding, complaining that it does not “have the money to do the universal mail-in voting. So, therefore, they can’t do it, I guess. Are they going to do it even if they don’t have the money?”
Trump also boasted that the election could be “one of the greatest frauds in history.”