President Donald Trump has been consistently attacking mail-in voting as supposedly ripe with fraud. It’s not. In fact, he himself has voted via the mail, and (although it’s unclear whether he mailed it in or dropped it off in-person) some video has been circulating recently showing Trump filling out an apparent absentee ballot all the way back in 2004. The video undercuts Trump’s own opposition to mail-in voting — Trump has tried to make a distinction between “absentee” voting and “mail-in” voting, but he has no idea what he’s talking about. They’re the same thing.
In the newly circulating video, in which Trump is accompanied by then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, Trump attempted to vote at a number of different NYC-area polling places, but he was turned away at all of them because he wasn’t on the rolls. In other words, besides the fact that Trump filled out a ballot at somewhere other than a polling place all the way back in 2004, he’s been incompetent for all this time too — an individual’s assigned polling place is not a secret piece of information. He could have just looked it up in the records.
Check out the video below:
Well now look at this. Another ‘Access Hollywood’ video surfaces with Trump and his old buddy Billy Bush. This time, Trump finds it impossible to vote in-person, so turns to an absentee ballot in desperation. pic.twitter.com/SME9VOUXbx
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 31, 2020
This past Thursday, Trump suggested delaying the general election in the wake of his entirely ridiculous claims about the potential for fraud when mail-in voting is used. He 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
It’s difficult to overstate how nonsensical that statement is. First of all — the country is not going to be using “universal” mail-in voting. Secondly — Trump is so dense and incompetent that he is apparently again trying to convince people that absentee voting and “mail-in” voting are different things. They’re not! How does he think that “absentee” ballots get to the elections authorities? Via the mail!
David Becker, who founded the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research, told CNN:
‘No-excuse mail voting or absentee voting — whatever you call it — is essentially the same thing. You request a ballot, you get a ballot, you vote, you send it in, and there are protections in place. It doesn’t matter whether you call it mail voting or absentee voting. It’s the same thing.’
Yet, the buffoon who’s still trying to convince observers that they’re all wrong and he’s right is the one still in charge of the country.