Under pressure from Democratic Party lawmakers to implement mail-in-voting, President Donald Trump posted a message on his Twitter account questioning their rhetoric in supporting the protests amid the lockdown, but encouraging a vote by mail.
“IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!,” Trump tweeted.
The president’s message was released yesterday, Aug. 19, as protests in several major cities continued in the wake of the death of African American George Floyd in May.
While several Democratic states are still implementing harsh containment measures amid the pandemic crisis, they are still allowing mass protests in support of so-called social justice and the fight against “systematic racism.”
Earlier this week during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” President Trump stated that the United States would never have a fair presidential election “if universal mail-in voting is widely allowed.”
“I have to tell you, that if you go with this universal mail-in … tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, dogs are getting them okay, people that have been dead for 25 years are getting them, you have to see what’s happening. Then you’re never going to have a fair election,” Trump said.
The president later said that if universal mail ballots were allowed to go forward, it would be “the greatest scam of all time,” Fox News reported.
On Sunday, an aide to President Trump said the White House would not reach an agreement with congressional Democrats on funding for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) before the November presidential election.
“There’s no amount of money that could get the Postal Service ready for universal vote-by-mail,” said Steve Cortés, a member of the Hispanic Advisory Council.
According to The Hill, Cortez added that outdated address systems and the realities of modern digital society meant that relying on the mail for an election was not possible.
So far, fewer than 10 states have implemented universal postal voting, but Democrats are continuing efforts to make wider use of the measure across the country.
On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on House congressmen to vote on a USPS bill to boost the mail ballot in the upcoming election after their return from vacation.
President Trump referred to Pelosi’s measure as a “con game.”