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Trump’s election & voting claims: ‘He’s just trying to intimidate people’

At a White House press briefing on Thursday, Trump denied that he wants the election to be postponed but again questioned mail-in voting, insisting that he he does not “want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn’t mean anything”.

He added: “Do I want to see a date change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election. This election will be the most rigged election in history, if that happens.”

Election experts say that all forms of voter fraud are rare. In 2017 the Brennan Center for Justice ranked the risk of ballot fraud at 0.00004% to 0.0009%, based on studies of past elections.

But analysts said the president’s chief objective is to sow doubt about the legitimacy of the outcome. Richard Painter, a former White House chief ethics lawyer, said: “He’s just trying to intimidate people. He wants to suppress the vote as much as he can and so he wants to discourage mail-in and, of course, he wants to complain about the election being rigged if he loses.

“He pulled this in 2016, he thought he was going to lose that and he said it was a rigged election. So this is just the same old Trump playbook but he cannot change the date of the election because it’s set by statute. Congress is not going to change the statute.”

Jon Meacham, a presidential biographer and historian, told the MSNBC network: “The delay thing may just be an entry point to an argument, largely emotional but nevertheless immensely disruptive, to setting up a November where he is crying foul and crooked election and fake news and fake president about Joe Biden if Biden wins.

“The other thing to watch is yes, those senators were saying the right thing today, but what if Trump begins to make the case to the Senate Republican caucus that if the Senate were to flip on November 3rd and subsequent days, it becomes in their interest to join him in questioning the legitimacy of an election that puts them out of work?”





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