Early Thursday morning, President Trump issued a tweet that is bound to trigger leftists across the country.
Expressing concern about the validity of mail-in voting, the president suggested, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that the election be postponed until people can vote in person.
“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???” he said on Twitter.
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???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Naturally, this has already triggered the Trump-haters who call themselves Republicans:
Every GOP official should be put on the record on this today.
Simple yes or no answer.
“Should we delay the election?”
Watch how many of them say, “What is Twitter?” “Donald Who?” “I haven’t seen the tweet.” “Ya ne govoryu po angliyski.” “I’m late for lunch.”
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 30, 2020
Kids can go to school, but we can’t vote?
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— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 30, 2020
TRUMP’S GOAL: DELAY the ELECTION
It has been very obvious for some time that Trump was going to pull this stunt. He is out of control. Daily he is attempting to undermine the validity of mail-in voting & now he has flagged delaying the election. He is losing & he knows it.
— MURRAY 🗽 (@murray_nyc) July 30, 2020
Something tells us he wasn’t 100 percent serious about the suggestion, however, a number of people are concerned about voting exclusively by mail.
The president also noted:
Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster. Even testing areas are way off. The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race. Even beyond that, there’s no accurate count!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
But consider what happened when a local Philadelphia news station ran their own little experiment with voting by mail. It seems that about one-fifth of the ballots never returned:
Back in May, the Washington Post — yes, THAT Washington Post — noted:
No one questions that mail-in ballots have much higher rates of not being counted. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found that in the 2008 presidential election, 7.6 million of 35.5 million mail-in ballots requested were not counted because they never reached voters or were rejected for irregularities. That is a failure rate of more than 21 percent. In 2008, it did not matter because the election was not particularly close and mail-in ballots only accounted for a fraction of votes cast. But imagine the impact that would have in a close election in which mail-in voting is tried on a massive scale.
If mail-in ballots are adopted widely for the 2020 election, mass failures would be inevitable because about half the states have either no or extremely limited vote-by-mail options, and thus lack the experience or infrastructure for sending out, receiving or securing millions of mail-in ballots. We’d be conducting an experiment of unprecedented scale right in the middle of one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history.
Moreover, there is a huge difference between sending ballots to a small number of citizens who request them and requiring that they be mailed to every registered voter, as Democrats are demanding. Under the Democrats’ plan, ballots would inevitably be sent to wrong addresses or inactive voters, putting millions of blank ballots into circulation — an invitation for fraud. Add to that the danger of what Democrats call “community ballot collection” (a.k.a. “ballot harvesting”) where campaign workers collect absentee ballots in bulk and deliver them to election officials, and you have a recipe for disaster.
A recipe for disaster. Let that sink in for a moment. Perhaps the president is onto something.
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