Unhingery abounds at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When it comes to voting rights in our pandemic election year, President Donald Trump has a habit of saying the quiet part out loud. Is it a short-circuit in the super-ego or Trump jettisoning the filters because there are 80 days left. And the distractions emerge, because doesn’t Trump deserve the Nobel Prize (his COVID “policy” promotes world peace, much like his suppression of voting rights).
Donald Trump has let 165,000 Americans die, and my twitter feed is filled with Washington reporters credulously repeating that he should win the Nobel prize.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 13, 2020
Why is US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien out here promoting tourism to Israel? pic.twitter.com/riXI1iLCDU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2020
So far this morning, Trump has called
– Kamala Harris "a mad woman," "angry" and "condescending"
– Mika Brzezinski a "ditzy airhead"
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "not even a smart person"
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 13, 2020
Trump’s choice of words points at something more partisan. If you are so concerned about fraud and about the Postal Service’s ability to handle mail-in ballots, after all, couldn’t more funding help alleviate those problems? And if your true concern is about fraud, why would you cite “levels of voting” — i.e. turnout — rather than that alleged fraud?
Anyone who doubts that Trump’s real reason for opposing mail-in voting (AKA absentee ballots) is his fear that he’d lose badly if voting became easy and safe must believe in the tooth fairy. In unguarded moments, he admits it. https://t.co/KatNBUaE2p
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 13, 2020
Back in March, President Trump seemed to blurt out the real reason he opposes expanded voting by mail in the 2020 election. Referring to provisions in the Democrats’ coronavirus stimulus bill to vastly increase funding for voting by mail, he said on Fox News that the bill had “levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”He’s doing it again.Speaking with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network on Thursday morning, Trump appeared to confirm that he opposes Democrats’ proposed funding for mail-in balloting and the U.S. Postal Service in order to make it more difficult to expand voting by mail.“Now they need that money in order to make the post office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” he said. “But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”
BREAKING: The United States Postal Service is removing mail sorting machines from facilities around the country without any official explanation or reason given.
Raise your hand if you can figure out the reason.https://t.co/I7dvyFR6U3
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 13, 2020
Here is the President’s chief economic adviser describe “voting rights” as part of “really liberal left wishlists” that the President will oppose pic.twitter.com/ToiK4kSw6R
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) August 13, 2020
I’m going to scream this again: House doesn’t have the power to stop voter suppression by Post Office without the consent of @POTUS. So what is the best response? Get voters to understand Oct 22 is when they need to mail their ballot to ensure it arrives by Nov 3.#VoteByOct22 https://t.co/LyxhUvRIWj
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 13, 2020
— NSA Cyber (@NSACyber) August 13, 2020
My apologies. *Casper, the FRIENDLY Ghost.
— Charles PM (@CharlesPulliam) March 27, 2018
MUST SEE VIDEO: The US Post Office had a 91% favorabilty ratin’ till Trump took control of it a couple of weeks ago. If #TrumpKillsUSPS, it’s the end of our democracy as well.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 13, 2020