Trump has repeatedly lambasted Democrats for advocating postal voting, claiming without any evidence that it was a ploy to help them win the election by opening the doors to voter fraud. But Trump took on a new tone on Monday by equating Democrats with authoritarian governments actively attempting to undermine America’s democratic institutions.
The president’s remark comes after the director of the National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, Bill Evanina, publicly stated that Russia was trying to influence the election in Trump’s favor and that China and Iran were hoping for a victory by Joe Biden.
Russian interference has always been a sore point for Trump, who has denied reports from his own intelligence officials that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election. He dismissed the allegations as a “witch hunt,” in particular suggestions that these efforts could have been linked to his campaign.
Democrats have been pushing for a move to postal voting, fearing polling stations could become hotbeds of the coronavirus spread. Despite Trump’s protests, there is little evidence that postal voting allows more fraud than in-person voting, and a handful of states already conduct elections entirely by mail.
Still, several state and Democratic leaders have expressed concerns about the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to handle a national election as Trump-appointed new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy cuts service in the name of cutting costs. . Postal workers have complained about increased delays amid DeJoy’s changes, and voters are encouraged to send in their ballots as soon as they can.