Still hurt from his lackluster rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Donald Trump on Monday launched another attack on mail-in voting, claiming that foreign countries will print “millions” of mail-in ballots, calling it “the scandal of our times.”
“RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!” Trump tweeted without providing evidence.
As he sinks in the polls and the coronavirus has increased calls for more ballot options, Trump is attacking mail-in voting despite voting by mail himself in the Florida 2020 Republican primary.
In April, he claimed without evidence that “you get thousands and thousands of people sitting in somebody’s living room, signing ballots all over the place” when mail-in voting is allowed.
The president’s attacks on mail-in voting earlier this year prompted Twitter for the first time to append a fact-check to two of his tweets after he erroneously claimed that California planned to send mail-in ballots to all residents of the state. Trump responded by blasting the fact-checking process, saying it was “based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.” Mail-in ballots are already in use in several states, particularly in the western U.S., including Oregon and Utah.
In response to the fact-check, Trump signed an executive order targeting legal protections for social media platforms, directing an agency within the Commerce Department to file a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020