Pelosi: ‘Trump is afraid of the American people’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that President Donald Trump is pushing back against funding a universal mail-in ballot component of the next coronavirus stimulus bill because he is afraid of the American people.
“The president is afraid of the American people. He’s been afraid for a while, he knows on the legit it’d be hard for him to win so he wants to put up obstacles of participation,” said Pelosi.
Pelosi said that Trump is blowing the very limited number of voter fraud cases out of proportion in an attempt to suppress the vote in his favor in November. She said regardless of his support for mail-in voting, Democrats will outwork Republicans.
“We don’t agonize, we organize,” Pelosi said. “And whatever the reality is that we have to deal with, if he refuses to honor the sacred right of the vote enabling, removing obstacles of participation, if he wants to undermine the Post Office, that’s most unfortunate but we will have the volunteer power to make sure that our vote gets out early and that it gets out in a way that has a clear decision on Election Day.”
Trump continues to warn Americans that mail-in voting is not secure enough for a national election. He said that there have been cases where ballots have been mailed to deceased Americans and even dogs.
“They want $3.5 billion for something that’s fraudulent. For the mail-in votes, universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion for the post office. They need that money so it can work and they can take these millions and millions of ballots. But if they don’t get those two items, then they can’t have mail-in ballots.”
The comments come as several states have already moved to mail-in ballots. The Trump campaign and RNC have been suing to put a stop to the process but haven’t been very successful to date. This week the Supreme Court rejected the RNC’s case to stop Rhode Island from eliminating the need for a witness and notary on a mail-in ballot.
Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold took issue with Trump’s claims that there is major fraud when voting by mail.
“Colorado has a very clean history of running great elections with vote-by-mail,” she said, “Vote-by-mail is like wearing a mask. It’s the way that we can save Americans’ lives.”
Democrats claim that it is too dangerous for Americans to go to the polls which are often crowded and don’t allow for social distancing. Trump disputes that claim pointing to history.
“They voted in World War I and in World War II,” Trump said. “They should have voter ID because Democrats scammed the system.”
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