President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sues over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus openings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband’s coronavirus death in obit: “May Karma find you all” Trump approves reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response to 2020 MORE on Tuesday, he prepared his sudden support for postal voting in the state of Florida by noting that the state is run by a Republican governor.
The president earlier in the day offered a qualifier for his weeks of protracted attacks on postal voting by encouraging Florida residents to take advantage of absenteeism and postal voting. The state is both Trump̵
Asked why he now supports postal voting in Florida but not elsewhere, Trump pointed to the state’s political leadership.
“Florida has a great Republican governor. And it had a great Republican governor,” Trump said, quoting Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisJournalist covering Trump trip to Florida tests positive for coronavirus Governors declare emergency when hurricane bears down on Florida Florida newspaper editors ask DeSantis to issue statewide mask orders: “We die here” MORE (R) and Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.). “Two great governors. And for a long time they have been able to get the absent ballot boxes made extremely professional.”
“They are so well known. Florida is a very well managed state,” he added. “Low taxes, low everything. They’ve done a great job. Really a great job. And the two governors, between the two, they really have a good system with absentee ballots and even for postal ballots.”
He suggested that Florida postal officials were more tasked with sending and receiving ballot papers than in other states like Nevada, where Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakNevada Governor Signs Bill to Allow E-Mail Voting After Trump Promises Legal Challenge Nevada Governor Closes Bars Attempt to Curb Coronavirus Spread Nevada Sets New Record for Highest-Time Coronavirus Cases MORE (D) newly passed legislation to automatically send post-in votes to registered voters in the state. Trump and the GOP have promised to fight the move in court.
“I have not spoken to the post office about it but I do not know how they can possibly be prepared,” Trump said of the shift in Nevada.
For the second day in a row, Trump also highlighted an ongoing primary race in New York that has not yet been decided because officials have been slow to count a crush of postal votes. The president has fixed the idea that the presidential election should not be decided on the evening of November 3, something that experts have said is expected as more voters send out votes among the coronavirus pandemics.
The president tweeted earlier Tuesday that Florida’s electoral system was “safe and secure, tried and true.”
Trump last week only suggested delaying the November election – something the president does not have the power to do – when he leveled new attacks on postal voting.
He then claimed that 2020 would be the “most INACTIVE & FRAUDULENT election in history” of universal suffrage voting. Experts have repeatedly pointed out that there is no evidence of meaningful fraud in postal voting and that voting has security measures to prevent fraud.
Republicans have also become concerned that Trump’s attacks on postal voting could actually suppress the GOP vote in the upcoming election.