President Trump in a Sunday night tweet said that due to the "process" voters must go through to obtain an absentee ballot, such voting is safer than general mail-in balloting — and he pointed to a voter-fraud scandal out of New Jersey back in May as evidence that universal mail-in voting would cause widespread problems.
The president’s contention comes as he and Republicans across the country have resisted Democratic pushes for universal mail-in voting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and after the president and members of his administration were criticized as hypocritical for voting absentee themselves while opposing mail-in voting. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 12 times in recent years, CBS reported, and Trump this year voted by mail in Florida, according to CNBC .
"Absentee Ballots are fine," Trump tweeted. "A person has to go through a process to get and use them. Mail-In Voting, on the other hand, will lead to the most corrupt Election is USA history. Bad things happen with Mail-Ins. Just look at Special Election in Patterson, N.J. (sic) 19% of Ballots a FRAUD!"
Trump made a similar point last week on a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity, when he was asked about absentee and mail-in voting.
"People go through a process for that — but the mail-in ballots, they mail them to anybody and they send them out by the millions," Trump said. "We went through World War I and we voted, we went through World War II and we voted. And now we have a virus, and by that time [November] it’ll be less and less."
McEnany, originally responding to reports of her absentee voting history, said that she had a legitimate reason for voting the way she did because she was traveling, whereas Democrats are promoting either […]