President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is blocking the coronavirus relief measure over the Democrats’ funding request for the post office, arguing that it is “ election money ” for universal postal voting.
“Now they need that money to run the post office so it can cost all those millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo.
Democrats have allocated $ 25 billion for emergency funding for the post office in their $ 3 trillion version of the coronavirus legislation – money President Trump is against.
“That’s actually election money,” he told Bartiromo.
“ If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have a universal post-in-vote, ” he explained on both the funding of the post office and the $ 3 trillion total Democratic top number.
‘If we don’t close a deal, it means they won’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in-mood. They just can’t have it, ”he said.
President Donald Trump said he is holding up talks on the coronavirus because he does not want a democratic provision that provides additional funding for the post office, arguing that this will lead to universal post-in-voting
Many states are using postal voting to fight the coronavirus pandemic; in Washington state, where election officials sort ballots in the aforementioned ballot, postal voting has been common practice for years
Florida voters issue their ballots in the August primaries
President Trump is a frequent, ardent critic of e-mail voting, which he believes falsely leads to electoral fraud. He and the Republican Party have filed lawsuits in states that chose to vote universal mail-in in November as a way to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
But his comments on Thursday were some of his most specific yet about how he planned to stop the post-in ballots this fall.
“They want $ 25 billion for the post office, because the post office has to go to town to get these awesome ridiculous ballots,” Trump complained.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said email voting is a “health problem” this year, given the coronavirus, which has infected more than 5 million Americans.
“It’s a 2019 health problem,” she said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday morning.
“It’s even more so in the days of the pandemic, so when the president goes after the post, he goes after an all-American, very public institution approved; as we would say – before you were born – motherhood, apple pie, the mail, an all-American institution, ‘she added.
Governors have voiced concern about the long lines at the polls and pointed out that many election officials are retirees, putting them in the high-risk category of getting the disease.
And the post office has warned states to consider the time it will take to mail and return the ballots to ensure timely delivery for the November election. Postal officials have accused that changes made by new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy – a Republican donor appointed by Trump – have caused the postal delays.
It has fueled fears among Democrats that the post office will be politicized in the run-up to November and that the millions of voters expected to use the system to vote could lose the right to vote.
DeJoy has denied the allegation.
“Despite all the claims to the contrary, we are not slowing down the election post or any other post,” he said last week.
Nevada, California and Vermont have opted for universal postal voting because of the virus. Five states are already holding elections by ballot paper. And many other states have used the fear of the coronavirus as a reason to request an absentee vote. Other states, such as Michigan, pre-emptively send ballots by mail to all registered voters.
Republicans are persecuting in several of these states to stop these attempts. They argue that postal voting leads to ‘ballot harvesting’ – a process where the voter completes their ballot paper, but party volunteers mail it for that voter and other voters. Democrats oppose the collection of ballots from those who vote to ensure that they are delivered.
President Trump often turns against widespread mail-in voting, arguing that this will increase the likelihood of fraud and disproportionately benefit Democrats; Studies have shown that there is very little voter fraud in the United States
President Trump suggested in his press conference on Wednesday that he would not agree to an emergency relief bill allocating billions to vote by mail.
“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.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has denied that there is any political action at the post office prior to the November elections
“ 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?”
He also argued that what Democrats are doing is more of a threat than to the November election than reports from US foreign agencies that Russia, China and Iran are trying to interfere in the presidential contest.
“It will be the biggest fraud in election history,” he told Democrats.
Trump’s revelation about his role in blocking the coronavirus measure comes after negotiations between the government and Capitol Hill stalled.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has tried to blame the Democrats for not being willing to negotiate.
Speaker Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have responded that they have offered to get rid of their $ 3 trillion proposal if Republicans get off their $ 1 trillion to meet in the middle for $ 2 trillion.