Donald Trump has made arguing against mail-in ballots his number one priority. For the President, though, voting absentee is ok if you’re in a state run by a Republican governor.
While GOP operatives want to make sure Republicans who need to vote by mail are using that option, they also have to argue on the President’s behalf as well. That’s what Mercedes Schlapp was attempting to do during a Tuesday appearance on CNN. The arguing backfired, though, when host Brianna Keiler blasted Schlapp saying she was “just saying crap.”
Schlapp tried to walk the tightrope of describing why it’s ok for Republicans to vote by mail and not Democrats. She told Keilar, “In mail-in voting, you’re mailing in these ballots across the board unverified and that is where it produces a problem.”
The host responded, “They’re not unverified. You know there are safety precautions in place such as barcodes. There are some people who even worry about they don’t necessarily want to use snail mail. There are places that they could drop off ballots. You know there are precautions to ensure that the ballots will be counted.”
The Republican spokesperson shot back and the pair went back and forth for a while. After accussing Schlapp or sowing distrust and doubt, Keilar erupted. “This is just pointless, okay,” she said. “This is pointless. I get it, you’re just saying a bunch of crap! Okay. You’re saying a bunch of crap.”
You can watch the entire spot here, courtesy of CNN:
“You’re aware we’re in a pandemic. So, perhaps, the approach might need to be different when it comes to guaranteeing that people have their right to vote if they have registered.” @brikeilarcnn presses Trump 2020 campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp on mail-in voting fraud claims. pic.twitter.com/PRhqQYca53
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 4, 2020
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