In making the speech during an online fundraiser on Thursday evening, Biden criticized President Donald Trump for blocking emergency funding of the cash-strapped U.S. postal service, which would process tens of millions of newsletters. vote this fall.
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Biden said it was proof that Trump was already trying to “undermine” the election and make it harder for Americans to vote.
“We need to make it easier for everyone to vote, especially if we are still in the kind of deadlock we are in right now,” said Biden of 650 donors. “But it takes a lot of money, and it will force us to provide money to the states and insist that they provide postal ballots. “
It’s perhaps Biden’s most explicit call for a national mail-in election since COVID-19 disrupted the 2020 campaign and all aspects of American life.
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The former vice president is not proposing to eliminate voting in person. But he said national and local authorities need to do more to make polling places compliant with public health protocols, while directing voters to other options.
Biden chastised Trump for denigrating postal voting and for opposing direct assistance to the postal service. Trump, who voted by mail in the Florida presidential primary last month, recently said he believed voting by mail allowed voters to “cheat.” The administration also maneuvered to ensure that the postal services were not getting any direct assistance in the $ 2 trillion coronavirus aid.
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“He is already trying to undermine the elections with false allegations of electoral fraud and threatening to block essential COVID assistance if more money goes to the US postal service,” said Biden.
“Which, in the name of God, was something other than trying to get the word out that he was going to do everything he could to make voting very difficult for people. “
Biden’s remarks suggested that the postal service had already received taxpayer funds. He does not have. Nevertheless, Biden described Trump’s approach as “non-American” and said “this is the only way he thinks he can possibly win.”
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Going further, Biden predicted without evidence that Trump would attempt to postpone the election entirely.
“Between him and the Russians there will be an attempt to interfere,” said Biden. “This president, take my words, I think he will try to roll back the election in one way or another, find a reason why it cannot take place. “
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It would be virtually impossible for Trump to succeed in such an approach. Congress fixes statutory polling day, and the Democrat-controlled House would never back it down.
Any executive decree displacing the election would face some constitutional challenge in the courts. The 20th constitutional amendment fixes January 20 as the day of the inauguration.
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