This week, President Donald Trump suggested delaying the general election in the face of an actually completely imaginary threat of election fraud due to widespread use of mail-in ballots. If Trump did actually try to delay the election, that would be brazenly illegal — full stop. He has no power whatsoever by which he could actually delay the election. Yet, knowing Trump, illegality isn’t about to stop him. This week, The Lincoln Project unveiled a hard-hitting new ad called “We Will Vote,” which hammers Trump for cowardly suggesting a delay of the election in the face of his own sinking political prospects.
The Lincoln Project is an anti-Trump Republican group that has been releasing a slew of video ads hammering the president — and some of his GOP enablers. Trump just keeps giving them material to work with. In the new ad, a narrator says:
‘We voted during the wars. We voted during the Great Depression. We voted when civil unrest swept the country. Americans died for our right to vote. Americans marched for our right to vote. Americans were beaten and brutalized for our right to vote. Now, a failed president faces defeat, with millions out of work, and tens of thousands dying from his incompetence and neglect, threatening the very foundations of democracy. Donald Trump hears the message: we will vote. We will defend America. We will throw you and your failed cronies out of office.’
Check out the ad below:
Originally, Trump had tweeted:
‘With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???’
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
First of all — there’s not going to be universal mail-in voting! Mail-in voting may simply be used by more people due to fears about gathering in person due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s claims that this high usage of mail-in voting will make the election “inaccurate and fraudulent” are completely incorrect. He might just be paranoid about losing, since Joe Biden leads in many polls.