Trump: China Will be 'Grabbing Plenty' of Ballots in Mail-In Voting 'Disaster'
'It's rigged, and everyone knows it,' the president stated
President Donald Trump reiterated his stance on mail-in voting, saying it would lead to “catastrophic corruption,” describing it as "a rigged election waiting to happen."
During an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Trump said:
"This whole thing with his mail-in ballots, that's a rigged election waiting to happen."
"It's rigged, and everyone knows it," Trump stated.
"You can't send out 16 million mail-in ballots ... who knows who's getting them?" he argued.
"The mailmen are going to get them, people are going to just grab batches of them, and you talk about China and Russia, they'll be grabbing plenty of them," Trump added.
"It's a disaster. It's a rigged election waiting to happen," the president warned.
Trump has frequently warned about mail-in voting and its links to fraud.
In June, the president warned of millions of mail-in ballots being printed in foreign countries that would be "rigged."
Trump tweeted at the time:
"RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!"
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
The Trump reelection campaign and the RNC increased their budget this year to thwart efforts by Democrats to change voting laws in response to COVID-19.
But Democrats argue that cases of actual voter fraud are limited, accusing Republicans of attempting to suppress voter turnout.
Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued mail-in voting was “essential” for health reasons during the pandemic.
"I think it’s essential from a health reason because we want to keep people at home to vote without having them all collect on election day, but if they do want to vote in person, that we have sufficient spacing and all the rest, so it’s no risk to their health."
Trump continued his argument against mail-in voting.
"It's just common sense."
"You wouldn't even have to know anything about politics or elections. It's common sense."
The president explained that due to the process required to obtain an absentee ballot, such voting is safer than general mail-in balloting.
He also noted a recent voter-fraud scandal out of New Jersey as evidence to support his argument that mail-in voting would cause widespread problems.
"An absentee ballot is okay ...," he said.
"But these mail-in ballots where they send millions of them all over the country, it's going to be a rigged election, and this country shouldn't allow it."
If the courts don't intervene, "you'll never know who won the election," Trump warned.
The process "can't work," Trump said.
"It hasn't worked in little districts. Small little defined districts, they can't do it. It's an impossibility."
"Plus, the post office isn't set up for this.
"The post office is not set up for millions -- when you look at what they did in Nevada ... where they're sending millions of ballots [to registered voters], and you don't have to have a confirmed signature, there's nothing to say that that person signed it."
"It's going to be catastrophic corruption."