Time to double down on mail-in-ballots.
Courtesy of Politico:
President Donald Trump called mail-in voting the biggest threat to his reelection and said his campaign’s multimillion-dollar legal effort to block expanded ballot access could determine whether he wins a second term.
In an Oval Office interview Thursday focusing on the 2020 election, the president also warned his party in blunt terms not to abandon him and cast Hillary Clinton as a more formidable opponent than Joe Biden, despite his commanding lead in polls.
The president’s assertion that mail-in voting will endanger his reelection comes as states across the country are rushing to accommodate remote voting in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of voters could be disenfranchised if they decide to stay home on Election Day rather than risk contracting the virus at crowded polling stations.
But Trump and his campaign argue, despite a lack of evidence, that widespread mail-in voting will benefit Democrats and invite fraud. The Republican Party is spending tens of millions of dollars on a multi-front legal battle.
“My biggest risk is that we don’t win lawsuits,” Trump said. “We have many lawsuits going all over. And if we don’t win those lawsuits, I think — I think it puts the election at risk.”
Trump was asked a two-part question during the interview: Would a substantial amount of mail-in voting — which is widely expected because of coronavirus — cause him to question the legitimacy of the election? And would he accept the results no matter what?
“Well, you can never answer the second question, right? Because Hillary kept talking about she’s going to accept, and they never accepted it. You know. She lost too. She lost good.” Clinton conceded the day after the 2016 election.
It should be noted that Hillary won the popular vote and still conceded an election that the Russians helped Trump win.
So using her as an example of poor sportsmanship is completely inappropriate.
I agree with Trump that mail-in-ballots will ensure his defeat, however, I also think that even without it he will never see a second term.
My push for mail-in-ballots is all about keeping us safe, not about defeating Donald Trump.
However if one increases the odds of the other, who am I to argue?
P.S. if you want to see perhaps the most pathetic thing you have ever seen, watch Junior desperately trying to gain his father’s love by gushing all over him.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 19, 2020
Oh, Freud would have had a field day with that.