Pelosi: The President Of The United States Is Afraid Of The American People
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has accused President Trump of attempting to rig the upcoming election by sabotaging the US Postal Service, which is an important agency for states that rely on mail-in voting or are looking to expand mail-in voting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Independent.
- When asked why she thought the president was trying to undermine an essential government agency, Pelosi responded: "The president is afraid of the American people. He knows that on the legit, it will be hard for him to win.”
- President Trump has repeatedly suggested that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud and sought to limit the practice, but there is no evidence of large-scale fraud to have occurred from mail-in voting.
- However, The Independent did note that “at least one recent GOP congressional primary last cycle was mired in illegal absentee ballot harvesting accusations.”
- Democratic proposals for coronavirus relief includes billions of dollars in funding to help bolster the postal service ahead of the upcoming election. Trump responded to the proposal by saying during a Fox Business interview:
"They need that money in order to make the post office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”
- Trump continued: “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. Therefore, they can’t do the universal mail-in vote. It’s very simple. How are they going to do it if they don’t have the money to do it?”
- Sean Eldridge, the president of Stand Up America, a progressive voting rights group, said:
“Donald Trump is saying the quiet part out loud: His continued efforts to cripple the USPS are a clear attempt to sabotage the election and suppress the vote in the middle of a pandemic. If Senate Republicans gave a damn about the future of our democracy, they would demand that the Trump administration return to the negotiating table on a COVID-19 relief bill that protects our elections and funds the Post Office.”