Donald Trump attacked Democrats on Wednesday for wanting to “ sabotage the post office ” by pushing for more money in November to fund universal mail-in voting measures.
“The Democrats are sabotaging the post office for not approving the $ 25 billion requested,” the president said at a news conference, likely referring to the Democrats who blocked the GOP-proposed coronavirus aid package last month.
So they sabotage the post office and then don’t make the post office function properly. And they certainly don’t allow post-in-voting if they do, ” Trump argued confusingly, as it’s the Democrats pushing for remote voting measures.
Trump also said at his White HOuse press conference on Wednesday evening that Democrats want $ 25 billion in funding for the post office in the next coronavirus aid package is “ politically motivated ” as it will bolster the USPS before massive amounts of ballots flood their offices.
“They also want an additional $ 25 billion for the post office … so the post office can handle this huge number of ballots that are being sent randomly everywhere,” the president lamented to the Democrats.
“They have no idea where they are going,” he continued.
“Now they want to take it all over the country: mail-in voting,” Trump said after comments on recent failures with mail voting, which led to confusion as to who actually won.
Donald Trump denounced Democrats on Wednesday, confusingly claiming they are ‘sabotaging the post office’ by asking for more money to support the USPS for voting by mail
‘They sabotage the post office and then fail to make the post office function properly. And if they do, they certainly don’t allow mail-in votes, ” Trump said
“It will be the biggest fraud in election history,” he continued, pointing to Democrats as the biggest threat rather than foreign entities trying to interfere in the election.
‘If you always talk about Russia, Russia, Russia, China, Iran when you vote. Your biggest problem will be with the Democrats, not China, Russia and Iran, ”he said, repeating,“ Your biggest problem will be with the Democrats. ‘
During his briefing, the president argued that it would be impossible for Democrats to enforce nationwide mail-in ballots if they don’t get the money for it through another piece of sweeping stimulus legislation.
Trump has long expressed dissatisfaction with the proposal that all U.S. voters cast their ballots by mail in November in light of the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.
The president has claimed that moving the country to those completely remote measures would increase the likelihood of fraud and disproportionately benefit Democrats.
He suggested on Wednesday that he would not agree to an emergency relief bill allocating billions to postal voting.
“They have rejected this bill because they want radical left agenda items that no one in their right mind would approve,” Trump said of Democrats who refused to agree to the GOP bill proposed late last month.
“ The bill is going through because they don’t even want to talk about it because we can’t give them the kind of ridiculous things they want that have nothing to do with the China virus, ” he said, referring again to mail-in votes and money for the post office.
“So that’s why they don’t have the money to vote for the universal post, so that’s why they can’t do it, I guess, right?” he proposed. “Are they going to do it even if they don’t have the money?”
Trump listed measures Democrats have demanded as part of the next bill, even as negotiations failed on Capitol Hill last week.
So they want $ 25 billion and they want – think about this – they want $ 3.5 billion, would you say that’s enough to cover it? I think we can do it or less, ”he said.
Democrats are demanding $ 25 billion for USPS to bolster its staff and capabilities – and the party also wants $ 3.5 billion specifically allocated for mail-in voting so the post office can handle a higher-than-normal volume of critical mail.
“I think we can do it for less,” Trump insisted. “But that’s why they want $ 35 billion for the post office.”
He also put his trust in new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who just took charge of the USPS in mid-June this year.
“ And remember, the new man who is a great person, a great businessman – just arrived a while ago, ” Trump said of DeJoy, claiming that the post office was previously “ mismanaged for many, many decades. ”