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Trump gets immediately called out for “insidious lie” about drop boxes for mail-in ballots

Trump gets immediately called out for “insidious lie” about drop boxes for mail-in ballots

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President Trump’s unrelenting assault on the postal service and the vote-by-mail program that the United States has successfully used since the Civil War continued on Monday morning with the President tweeting what commentators immediately condemned as an “insidious lie.”

Absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are essentially the same thing, the only difference being that absentee ballots are specifically intended for voters who cannot physically make it to the polls — because they are out of state for some reason, at college, in prison, or possibly avoiding exposure to a pandemic — and mail-in ballots are sent by some states to all voters, whether they can make it to the polls or not.

President Trump himself votes absentee and “drop boxes” are used in his home county of Palm Beach, Florida, but all of that is entirely irrelevant as he wages a two-front war against the United States Postal Service itself and against the concept of mail-in voting itself as COVID-19 makes in-person voting an extremely dangerous prospect.

Republican have spent decades using the imaginary specter of voter fraud as an excuse to pass restrictive voting laws designed to disenfranchise minority and youth voters, but this represents an unprecedented escalation of rhetoric that not only spits in the face of reality but is a clear-cut attempt to tilt the election in Donald Trump’s favor.

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This is even more disturbing considering how he continually floats the idea of disputing the election result if it goes against him, like he did this morning on FOX and Friends:

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Prominent political commentators immediately lined up in defense of the truth:

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