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Trump blasted with mockery after saying vote-by-mail is unsafe since kids will raid the mailboxes

Trump blasted with mockery after saying vote-by-mail is unsafe since kids will raid the mailboxes

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As the Trump administration struggles to keep its head above water with a public increasingly aware of how its myriad failings have worsened the outbreak of COVID-19—contributing to the deaths of some 100,000 Americans already—the president has grown desperate for ways to shift the media narrative to another topic.

Trump’s latest pathetic little spat with Twitter over the website’s reasonable decision to fact-check some of his tweets is a perfect example of him trying to drive the national conversation away from his incompetent virus response.

The tweets in question were about Trump’s oft-repeated and fundamentally erroneous claim that voting-by-mail escalates the risk of voter fraud which, incidentally, is another talking point he has been trying to use to distract news coverage from the pandemic. His surrogates have been hammering on and on against vote-by-mail measures even as it becomes clear that they’re necessary to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Even more important to Republicans than the distraction benefit provided by the vote-by-mail argument is that they truly do not want Americans to be able to do it. The GOP frequently relies on voter suppression to win elections and the party is terrified that permitting more Americans to vote in this election could remove the disastrous grip they currently hold over the Oval Office and United States Senate.

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Forced to choose between democracy and their own hold on power, Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they will choose the latter over and over again. Their continued empowerment poses an existential threat to our Republic.

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Today, Trump was confronted in the Oval Office by a reporter over some of his vote-by-mail lies. Pressed on the topic, he trotted out his most absurd lie about the subject to date, claiming in an extended rant that children ransacking mailboxes poses a threat to voting integrity.

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“So when [Governor Newsom of California] sends out 28 million ballots and they’re in all the mailboxes and kids go and they raid the mailboxes and they hand them to people that are signing the ballots down the end of the street…which is happening. They grab the ballots. You don’t think that happens?” Trump said, painting a ludicrous portrait of an American wasteland presided over by roaming gangs of anti-democratic children.

“There’s ballot harvesting where all of a sudden… You know we had seven elections for Congress and they were like tied and they lost every one of them because they came and they dropped a whole pile of ballots on the table,” he went on, sketching out more of his conspiracy theory.

“But you don’t think they rip them out of mailboxes? It’s all the time you read about it. You could read about it, take a look. They do worse than that. In some cases, they won’t send them to like a Republican community, a conservative community. They don’t happen to send the ballots to those communities and there’s no way of checking,” he added, trotting out the kind of paranoid rhetoric that his base so eagerly laps up.

“You have to go and you have to vote. Voting is a great thing. Voting, we would be the laughingstock of the world and if you just use common sense you know that’s going to happen. But they raid the mailboxes,” Trump added.

“They can even print ballots. They get the same paper, the same machine, nothing special, they get the same paper, the same machine, they print ballots and [Attorney General Bill Burr] would have to do a great job to catch them doing it or your state authorities would have to. But you have tremendous potential, and you have tremendous fraud and abuse, but you have tremendous potential for fraud and abuse,” Trump finished, tossing another conspiracy on the pile and demonstrating his own profound ignorance of how vote-by-mail actually works.

Twitter responded with a smattering of disbelief and mockery.

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