Trump Tells Florida Voters It Is "Safe And Secure" To Vote By Mail
President Trump reversed his criticism of mail-in-voting on Tuesday, but only for those voting in Florida, according to The Hill.
- This reversal comes after weeks of the president claiming that mail-in-voting would lead to large-scale fraud.
- Trump tweeted:
“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail! #MAGA.”
- Just last week, Trump called to delay the November election, claiming that the 2020 election would be the “most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.”
- The president also has tried to make a distinction between absentee and mail-in voting, suggesting the former is safe while the latter would lead to fraud when in reality they are essentially the same.
Asked at a briefing later Tuesday what had changed Trump’s view, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the president has often made a distinction between absentee voting and “mass mail-out voting,” the latter of which she said would lead to fraud.
- Trump campaign spokeswoman Thea McDonald said in a statement:
“What most states call ‘absentee voting’ has long been termed ‘vote-by-mail’ in Florida — it’s been that way for years, and it works. President Trump is fighting to make sure every valid vote counts—the exact opposite of what’s happened in New York’s and California’s train wreck primaries, where we saw Democrats’ rush to implement a faulty universal vote-by-mail system.”
- Republicans have grown concerned that the president’s attacks on absentee voting could suppress the GOP vote, particularly in Florida, which is a key battleground state.
- Trump has previously threatened cutting federal funding to Nevada and Michigan, both run by Democratic governors, for adopting mail-in-voting systems.