Donald Trump voted for himself on Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, Florida, one day after appearing at another superspreader rally at The Villages, and just ten days before Election Day. He then repeated his unsubstantiated claim that in-person voting is more secure than mail-in voting, despite the fact that he’s voted by mail in the past, including in this year’s Florida primary.
Many states have expanded mail-in voting this year as a health precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting may be influencing behavior among his supporters.
“I voted for a guy named Trump,” he told reporters after exiting the polls wearing a mask.
President Donald Trump has voted twice by mail since becoming a Palm Beach County resident one year ago. But on Saturday, like so many other Florida Republicans, Donald Trump voted for Donald Trump in person. https://t.co/4DSQjFIq3J
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) October 24, 2020
Trump departed Florida to hit a busy schedule of rallies in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin; another rally is planned for Sunday in Manchester, New Hampshire. Team Trump continues to ignore the concern among public health experts, who predict every rally has the potential to become a super-spreader event, with coronavirus cases already hitting daily records as the nation heads into winter, the most dangerous season for viral transmission.
The Trump campaign says it provides temperature checks, masks, and hand sanitizer to attendees, though many of his supporters do not wear masks at the rallies. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama appeared at a Joe Biden Campaign Car Rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday in the interest of keeping all attendees as safe as possible.
More than 56 million Americans have cast their votes early, about 38.6 million by mail, and around 17.5 million in person, according to the U.S. Elections Project. Voter turnout is already at 40.6% of the 2016 election. Anyone who might be overly concerned about their vote being counted might get some relief from an actual expert, rather than listening to pundits incorporating scare tactics.
So you’re worried Trump is going to try to steal the election? Join the club. But Bob Bauer, the Democratic super-lawyer and head of Biden’s massive voter protection effort, had a soothing message when I sat with him for @SHO_TheCircus:
“He will fail.” pic.twitter.com/b0pU0ot4yu
— John Heilemann (@jheil) October 20, 2020