Friday, May 29, 2020

CNN and WUSA9 ask why Trump is against voting by mail

While I was blogging about 100,000 dead and 40 million unemployed in the U.S., the human toll of the pandemic so far, President Trump was fighting Twitter over being fact-checked. I could write an entire post about the fight itself and I might still do that, but I'd rather concentrate on the reason for the fight, which is Trump's unsupported attack on voting by mail. To that end, I'm sharing two opinion pieces, beginning with CNN's The real reason Donald Trump hates mail-in ballots.

California wants to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters ahead of the 2020 election due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that President Donald Trump is continuously attacking — saying it will lead to a fraudulent and rigged election. Chris Cillizza explains why the widespread election fraud Trump claims will happen is, well, unlikely.
As Cilizza says, voter fraud by impersonation is so rare that it's almost non-existent, which means it is not at all effective. The safety of the electorate during the COVID-19 pandemic far outweighs that miniscule risk. As for Trump being unable to recognize that can ever lose, I once observed elsewhere about a hornet I swatted (unsuccessfully, unfortunately, but at least I wasn't stung) 'he thinks he's winning because he can't imagine himself doing anything else.' That looks awful familiar.

WUSA9 in Washington, D.C., has another take on Trump's opposition to voting by mail, asking Why is the president against voting by mail? | Reese's Final Thought.

Without a more robust mail-in voting plan, voter turnout will diminish. Maybe that's the point.
Yeah, that, too.

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