President Trump triggered the entire Democratic party with a single tweet – a masterful move intended to get the mainstream media talking about the biggest issue plaguing a fair election in 2020.
The controversy began with a Trump tweet where he floated the idea of postponing the 2020 election until conditions were satisfactory to vote in person for fear of rampant inaccuracy and fraud.
The tweet read: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
At the White House briefing on Thursday, the president was pressed about the earlier tweet. He responded by pointing out that on top of the potential for fraud, inevitable delays in mail-in ballot results, including lost ballots, could mean the election winner isn’t clear for weeks or even months after Election Day.
“It’s common sense,” Trump said. “I want an election, and a result, much more than you. I think we’re doing very well. … I don’t want to see a rigged election.”
“We all agree that absentee voting is good,” Trump said, referring to votes by mail where citizens provide a justification for sending in a ballot remotely. He then hit Democrats for voicing concerns about Russian election interference, only to ignore the risks posed by mail-in voting.
“Mail-in voting will lead to the greatest fraud,” he added. “Stupid people may not know it.”
Later in the day Trump celebrated this victory and noted that he had no serious desire to delay the election. “Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!),” he wrote.
Several experts have long called mail-in balloting an invitation to widespread fraud.
A CBS News experiment this week — which highlighted missing ballots in a test of the United States Postal Service’s ability to handle mail-in ballots — was tweeted out by the president.
Earlier this month, a Fox News review found a slew of issues with mail-in ballots in recent elections.
“Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,” read the conclusion of a bipartisan 2005 report authored by the Commission on Federal Election Reform, which was chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker.
And a 2012 article in The New York Times was headlined, “Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises.” The article states that “votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth, statistics show.”
The president has been forced to use clever workarounds such as these to draw attention to the issue of mail-in voting thanks to things like censorship from Twitter — who previously slapped a warning label on Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots claiming that there was “no evidence” of mail-in voting creating room for error.