President Donald Trump said that the 2020 election “will be the greatest scam in history” as he criticized the Democrats push for mail-in ballots as the coronavirus has changed the political landscape.
In a call in to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump said, “it’s a disaster and it’s going to be. No matter how you look at it. They’re sending out 51 million ballots to people that didn’t ask for them.”
He noted that he votes in Florida via an absentee ballot, saying, “Absentee ballots are great … but that’s when you go through a process. You ask for it, they send it to you and it’s very secure.”
“They want to send mail-in, it’s called mail-in, universal mail-in ballots. 51 million ballots sent to, who knows who. Where are they going? This is going to be the greatest scam in history. This will be the most fraudulent election in history. 51 million ballots being sent to people, many of them will have been dead. Many of them will get more than one. It’s going to be a really horrible thing.”
Trump: "This is gonna be the greatest scam in history. This will be the most fraudulent election in history" pic.twitter.com/PXOw9fA44v— Brendan Karet 🚮 (@bad_takes) August 21, 2020
It’s not clear where Trump got his number that 51 million ballots will be mailed. But this is not the first time that he’s used this attack and said that the election will be fraudulent and has bashed mail-in voting.
During a call-in to Fox & Friends this week, Trump said, “Now with that being said, I have to tell you that if you go with this universal mail-in where you send millions of votes — in California, tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs. Dogs are getting them, okay? People that have been dead for 25 years are getting them.”
USA Today noted this week that only nine states and the District of Columbia are planning universal mail-in voting this November.