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While President Trump has long counted against postal voting, and erroneously claimed that it leads to high fraud, he seemed to confirm Thursday morning that he opposes the Democrats’ proposed increase in funding for the US Postal Service for the express purpose of making it more difficult to expand voting. per post.
His comments came during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network after she asked why the White House and the congressional Democrats are still miles apart in approving a new stimulus agreement.
Trump said an important factor is the Democrats’ drive to inject funds into the US postal service to expand the postal vote.
“The [the Democrats] “I want three and a half billion dollars for something that turns out to be fraudulent – it’s basically money,” Trump said.
“They want $ 25 billion for the post office. Now they need the money to make the post office work so it can take all those millions and millions of votes. Now, in the meantime, they will not get there. But if they do not get the two articles, that means you can not have universal voting by e-mail because they are not equipped to have it. “
Eight states are sending votes to all active voters this fall, including six who have been doing so for years, but most states are not conducting what Trump calls universal suffrage.
He goes on to say: “If we do not make a deal, it means they do not get the money. It means they can not have universal voting by e-mail. They just can not have it.”
The Biden campaign responded quickly, calling the president’s intentions an “attack on democracy.”
“The President of the United States is sabotaging a basic service that hundreds of millions of people trust, is cutting a critical lifeline for rural economies and for the supply of medicines, because he wants to deprive Americans of their fundamental right to vote safely during the most catastrophic public health crisis in over 100 years. crisis exacerbated by his own failed leadership that we are now the most severely affected country in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, “said Biden spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement.
This is not the first time, not even this week, that the President has cast a vote by mail.
On Wednesday, he spent considerable time during his daily briefing with reporters to condemn any plans for additional funding to support the US Postal Service.
“Now they want to take the whole country – voting by mail. It will be the biggest fraud in the history of the election. When you always talk about Russia, Russia, Russia and China, Iran about voting – the biggest problem will be with the Democrats “Not with China, Russia and Iran,” he said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts estimate that up to 70% of the votes can be cast by mail this election cycle, which requires equipment upgrades to deal with the uptick.
And while Trump claimed in an interview with Fox that there is “nothing wrong with going out and voting,” referring to people who voted during World War I and II, health experts say voting by mail could reduce voters’ exposure and spread of the coronavirus. .
Election guards were quick to condemn Trump’s recent comments.
“Trump’s courageous abuse of the post office to try to win an election is a shameful abuse of presidential power. Knocking out the postal service and slowing down its ability to deliver postal ballots to Americans will hurt Democratic and Republican voters,” said Trevor Potter, president of the Legal Center campaign. and former Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission.