Donald Trump has not been shy about attacking the election process, especially as we inch closer to Election Day. This week, the president announced that he wants the federal courts to block states from counting ballots past November 3.
Trump started this week by falsely claiming that counting ballots past Election Day is illegal.
"It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don't believe that's by our laws." — Trump (In fact tallying all the ballots is consistent with the law.) pic.twitter.com/Dlj7DCiCT1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2020
Vox journalist Aaron Rupar at the time noted, “I don’t know whether he’ll succeed, but it’s very clear that Trump is going to try to prevent states from tallying votes after Election Day.
Just one day after his false claims, Trump hinted that the courts he packed won’t allow ballots to be counted past Election Day.
“We’ll see what happens at the end of the day,” on Election Day, Trump said Wednesday afternoon, according to CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski. “Hopefully it won’t go longer than that. Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won’t be allowed by the various courts.”
Pres. Trump says "hopefully" states counting ballots after Nov. 3 "won't be allowed by the various courts…Hopefully that won't be happening."
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2020