(Liberty Bell) – Another election year, another pre-emptive accusation of election meddling.
Presumed Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has declared that Trump is trying to “steal” the election by expressing valid concern about the reliability of mail-in voting.
During a virtual fundraiser hosted by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Thursday, Biden shared his conspiracy theory.
“This president is going to try to indirectly steal the election by arguing that mail-in ballots don’t work. They’re not real. They’re not fair,” Biden said.
Trump is certainly not the only one to raise concerns about the security of widespread mail-in voting, which the Democrats have enthusiastically pushed throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION,” Trump tweeted this week.
Fox News notes:
The president and some on the right have also made a distinction between mail-in voting and absentee voting, which has been disputed by Democrats and some fact-checkers, after it was pointed out that Trump and many in his administration have voted absentee before.
Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
“Absentee Ballots are fine because you have to go through a precise process to get your voting privilege. Not so with Mail-Ins. Rigged Election!!!” Trump tweeted earlier this month.
Democrats and others, citing studies, have said that fraud in mail-in or absentee voting, however it is termed, is rare.
Biden also hurled accusations at Trump during a June appearance on “The Daily Show,” where he said that his “single greatest concern” was that Trump will “try to steal this election.”
“This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail, while he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in a primary,” Biden told host Trevor Noah.
This is pretty hilarious considering it was Biden’s party and the presidential administration that he served in who seem to have tried awfully hard to steal the last one.
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