Donald Trump claimed on Monday that the 2020 election will be rigged using mail-in ballots. His critics were quick to mock the President for telling his own voters not to bother showing up to the polls.
The conservative Lincoln Project, which has run a series of searingly critical ads against Trump, pointed out that Trump was basically saying his supporters’ votes wouldn’t matter.
“RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!” Trump tweeted early Monday.
4D Chess: Trump continues to persuade his base not to vote in November. https://t.co/iZHVpliBvd
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 22, 2020
“4D Chess: Trump continues to persuade his base not to vote in November,” the official Lincoln Project Twitter account wrote.
The President wasn’t finished, however. He sent a second tweet attacking mail-in voting and claiming the election would be rigged against him.
“Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history – unless this stupidity is ended,” he wrote.
“We voted during World War One & World War Two with no problem, but now they are using Covid in order to cheat by using Mail-Ins!”
The President is on a crusade against mail-in ballots, despite the fact they could benefit his own party and are widely used in GOP-controlled states.
Darragh Roche is a journalist covering U.S. politics and media