I’ll PROVE there’s voter fraud! Donald Trump claims he is ‘compiling evidence’ of ballot misuse as he faces more questions on his opposition to letting voters vote by mail in November
- President Trump said he would prove there’s widespread voter fraud as he continued to express why he was against mail-in balloting
- ‘I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some OK. And there’s evidence that’s being compiled,’ he told reporters Wednesday
- Democrats are pushing for mail-in options in case the coronavirus continues to impact the United States through the November general election
President Trump said he would prove that there’s widespread voter fraud as he continued to push back on the idea that mail-in voting should be put in place for November’s presidential election due to coronavirus concerns.
‘I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some OK?’ he said at Wednesday’s press briefing. ‘And there’s evidence that’s being compiled.’
Democrats are pushing for mail-in options in case the coronavirus continues to impact the United States through the November general election. Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are expected to be on the ballot.
For days, Trump has countered that mail-in voting would lead to massive cheating.
Republicans in Wisconsin backed keeping in-person voting in place earlier this week, forcing voters to head to the polls during a global pandemic.
President Trump said ‘there’s evidence that’s being compiled’ of widespread voter fraud in the United States as he continued to push back against any plans to have mail-in balloting for November’s presidential election due to coronavirus concerns
Trump drew a distinction between some Americans being able to utilize absentee ballots and elections becoming 100 per cent mail-in balloting
Wisconsin voters braved a global pandemic to cast votes Tuesday. Democrats have argued that mail-in options should be made available for the general election in case the country still sees cases of the coronavirus
The fraud example Trump pointed to in the briefing room Wednesday was an already debunked claim that a million people in California were discovered who ‘should not have voted’ in the 2016 presidential election.
Hillary Clinton’s large lead in California helped her win the national popular vote, despite Trump winning the White House through the Electoral College.
Trump painted a picture Wednesday of ‘all the things happening with votes by mail.’
‘Where thousands of votes are gathered and I’m not going to say which party does it but thousands of votes are gathered and they come in and they are dumped in a location and then all of a sudden you lose elections that you think you’re going to win,’ the president said.
‘I won’t stand for it. Well, We are going to find out about the proof, you will see what’s going on,’ Trump continued. ‘I’m not going to stand for it.’
Earlier on Twitter Wednesday, Trump had also said that mail-in voting ‘for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.’
‘It certainly hasn’t, but if you’re a senior citizen or somebody that needs it, I’m for it, but they have to be very careful,’ Trump offered when asked about his tweet at the daily coronavirus taskforce briefing.
Shortly after the briefing concluded, the president cleaned up his comments using Twitter explaining that there was a difference between some Americans using absentee ballots and full-on mail-in voting.
‘Absentee Ballots are a great way to vote for many senior citizens, military and others who can’t get to the polls on Election Day,’ Trump said. ‘These ballots are very different from 100% Mail-In Voting, which is “RIPE for FRAUD,” and shouldn’t be allowed!’
Also at the briefing Wednesday, Trump continued to tout voter ID laws, which are traditionally backed by Republicans and disliked by Democrats, who believe they disenfranchise poorer voters.
‘Our voting system – first of all, we should have voter I.D. When you vote, we should have voter I.D.,’ Trump said.
‘And if you send something in, you should be sure as a state and as a country, you should be sure that that vote is meaningful and it’s not just made fraudulently because there’s a lot of fraudulent voting going on in this country,’ Trump said again.