Trump Calls Mail-In Voting The Biggest Threat To His Reelection
President Trump told Politico that he views mail-in voting as the biggest threat to his reelection.
“My biggest risk is that we don’t win lawsuits. We have many lawsuits going all over. And if we don’t win those lawsuits, I think — I think it puts the election at risk."
The Hill reported that the Trump Campaign and the Republican National Committee are investing $20 million to fight voting rights lawsuits from Americans concerned about visiting polls in person during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- Trump, among other Republicans, argues that mail-in voting could yield pervasive fraud, calling the system “corrupt” and “very dangerous.” However, experts say the mail-in system has not been associated with augmented fraud.
- Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan and Nevada in response to mail-in voting efforts to make the process safer for voters in a pandemic.
Trump argued that mail-in voting would benefit Democrats and threaten the Republican Party. In a tweet, he asserted: “MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION.”
Some suggest that Trump’s battle against mail-in voting may reflect an attempt to discredit the outcome of the November election if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden were to win.
- Biden has gained a lead in numerous national polls and surveys in purple states.
- Politico asked Trump if widespread mail-in voting would lead him to question the results of the November election, to which the president responded: “Well, you can never answer the second question, right? Because Hillary [Clinton] kept talking about she’s going to accept, and they never accepted it. You know. She lost too. She lost good.”
- The Hill noted that “Clinton, Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent, conceded in a speech the day after Election Day.”
- The coronavirus not only forced Trump to suspend key campaign events, but also led to significant scrutiny over the president’s responses to the pandemic and the nationwide protests about the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
- Trump’s reelection campaign looks to continue efforts with a rally on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, despite advice from health officials not to engage in mass gatherings in the pandemic.