Trump says Democrats’ mail-in ballot delays coronavirus stimulus package

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President Trump on Thursday accused pressure from Democrats to fund universal ballots as one of the reasons for the delay in negotiations on Capitol Hill on a fourth coronavirus stimulus package, saying the practice in the 2020 election would cause “The biggest fraud in history. “

In an exclusive interview with FOX Business’s Maria Bartiromo on Thursday morning, the president said negotiations on the fourth economic stimulus package had been delayed, in part due to Democrats’ demands for billions of dollars in funding for the postal vote.

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“It’s their fault,” Trump said. “They want $ 3.5 billion for something that’s fraudulent… for postal votes, universal ballots. They want $ 25 billion for the post office. They need this money to make it work and they can take these millions and millions. ballots. ”

Trump added, “But if they don’t get these two items, they can’t have ballots in the mail. ”

The president then criticized the practice, saying the ballots were “sent to dogs” and “dead people,” citing states like Virginia, where he said more than “500,000 fake ballots vote had been sent to voters’ and New York. , where postal voting caused a week delay in announcing the results of some state primary races.

“How would you like to have $ 3.5 billion for postal voting?” Do you know how much is? They want $ 25 billion for the post office because the post office is going to have to go to town to get these ridiculous ballots in, ”Trump said.

The President went on to say that “there is nothing wrong with going out and voting” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“They voted in World War I and World War II,” Trump said. “They should have ID because the Democrats ripped off the system.”

He added, returning to the negotiations on Capitol Hill: “If we don’t do a deal, it means they won’t have the money and they won’t have universal postal voting.”

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The president went on to quote California, where he said the state was sending out “tens of millions of ballots.”

“Maybe they’ll go to everyone except Republicans,” he said. “We are challenging it in court. It is challenged on many levels. ”

He added: “It will be the biggest fraud in history – it will be almost as fraudulent as Obama spying on my campaign. ”

The president and the Republican Party have been warning for months about possible postal voting fraud. The RNC and the Trump campaign have filed lawsuits to fight back Democrats’ efforts to overhaul election laws in response to the pandemic.

Democrats, brushing aside claims by Trump and the GOP, say instances of actual voter fraud are limited and say Republicans are trying to suppress voter turnout to improve their chances of winning an election.

Meanwhile, the president has continued to criticize Democrats more, such as the progressive freshman representative.

The president, however, called her a “poor student”, saying she was “barking” but said Schumer “would be heated by her”.

“AOC will run against Chuck Schumer for the Senate and I think she will win. ”

The president then declared that “progressive democrats beat ordinary democrats”.

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“Look at Eliot Engel! What happened to Engel? What happened? What happened? ” He said. “You lost, Eliot.

Trump was quoting incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel, DN.Y., who lost in his primary to progressive candidate Jamaal Bowman.

“I think we’re going to take the House because Nancy Pelosi is completely mad,” he said, predicting an election outcome for 2020. “We are going to take the House back and we are going to take the chair. ”

He said, however, that Republicans “will fight very hard in the Senate”.

“We have a few people who don’t support Trump as much,” he said. “But if they don’t support Trump, they will lose their election.”

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It is unclear which Republican senators the president was referring to, but earlier this week the president argued with Ben Sasse after the Republican senator from Nebraska criticized his executive actions over the weekend that would bring relief to US citizens amid the coronavirus pandemic as an “Unconstitutional Slope.”

“You have a few people who want to be cute, and I think they’re going to lose their election,” Trump said. “And this is a problem for the Senate.”

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