President Trump on Thursday told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo that Democratic demands to fund mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service in ongoing coronavirus stimulus negotiations were a non-starter.
Why it matters: Trump directly linked Democrats’ desired $3.6 billion for mail-in voting and $25 billion for the USPS to his continued baseless claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud.
- “Those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it,” Trump said.
- He claimed the 2020 election could lead to “the greatest fraud in history.”
- The president expressed similar feelings during his press briefing on Wednesday. “They don’t have the money to do the universal mail-in voting. So therefore, they can’t do it, I guess. … Are they going to do it even if they don’t have the money?” he said.
Worth noting: Fraud from mail-in voting has historically been rare, according to the Brennan Center, with Oregon — a state that votes primarily by mail — documenting only about a dozen cases of fraud out of more than 100 million ballots since 2000.
What they’re saying: Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates issued a statement Thursday calling Trump’s comments “an assault on our democracy and economy.”
- “The President of the United States is sabotaging a basic service that hundreds of millions of people rely upon, cutting a critical lifeline for rural economies and for delivery 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.”
- “This is an assault on our democracy and economy by a desperate man who’s terrified that the American people will force him to confront what he’s done everything in his power to escape for months — responsibility for his own actions.”
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