Donald Trump tells his supporters to call the COPS on Democrats ‘when you see them cheating’ and warns they will use ‘millions of unsolicited ballots’ to try to win the election
- President Donald Trump told supporters to call the police on the Democrats ‘if you see them cheating’ as he once again tried to cast doubt on the voting by mail
- “Always report them to the authorities,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday. ‘The authorities watch and wait’
- The comment was part of an ongoing assault on the legitimacy of postal voting, something Democrats have been trying to expand amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Trump and Republicans have filed lawsuits to stop state-wide postal voting efforts despite no evidence Democrats would get a boost
- Earlier this month, Trump confused voters in North Carolina by telling them to email and come to the polls too, since voters can’t vote twice.
President Donald Trump told supporters to call the police on the Democrats “ if you see them cheating, ” while once again trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of post-in ballots.
“ Early voting has already started and if you see them cheating on the other side – I’m not saying if – when, when you see them cheating with those ballots, all those unsolicited ballots, those millions of ballots, you see them, ” Trump said. “Every time you do that, report them to the authorities.”
The president added that “ authorities wait and watch, ” addressing a crowd Monday night at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.
President Donald Trump told supporters to call ‘the authorities’ on Democrats when you see them cheating with those ballots, all those unsolicited ballots, those millions of ballots,’ while again trying to cast doubt on Americans voting by mail.
The president’s comments continue his attack on widespread mail-in-voices, which he suggests will be ripe for fraud – and also admitted it would ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’, despite there being is not evidence for either statement.
Trump’s cryptic warning is the latest in a long line of comments made about widespread mail-in voting, something the Democrats have been pushing so that Americans don’t have to come to polling stations in person in November amid a pandemic.
Trump and his Republican allies have filed legal challenges against increasing postal voting, with the president claiming it is prone to widespread fraud.
“ IT WILL ALSO END OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY, ” Trump tweeted in late May.
There is no indication that universal post-in-vote would automatically give Democrats a head start. Nor is there any evidence that postal voting increases the risk of fraud. Trump himself is voting absent from Florida, but claims there is a difference.
The president was already raising the risk of polling chaos when he told supporters in Wilmington, North Carolina in early September that they should go to the polls after they posted a vote.
“Of course if it’s as good as they say they won’t be able to vote,” Trump said. ‘If it’s not in the table, they can vote. So that’s it. And that’s what they should do. ‘
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump told his supporters not to vote twice, but rather to “ verify your vote. ”
But the North Carolina election council asked voters who submitted an absence vote not to appear on election day.
“The State Board office strongly discourages people from coming to the polls on election day to make sure their absentee vote has been counted,” said Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the board. “That is not necessary and it would lead to longer lines and the possibility to distribute COVID-19.”
The North Carolina election council also reminded voters that it was a class 1 felony to intentionally vote twice. It is also illegal to ask voters to vote twice, the statement said: The Washington Post reported.
Trump’s comments Monday night were almost immediate met fury by The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group of Republicans.
“Trump’s ongoing attack on our election remains the most shocking thing that comes from a president’s mouth,” tweeted The Lincoln Project, sharing a video of that moment of the Ohio campaign stop.