President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that “The Ballots being returned to States cannot be accurately counted” in a tweet earlier this morning, the day after the New York Times published extensive and comprehensive reporting about his tax avoidance.
“The Ballots being returned to States cannot be accurately counted. Many things are already going very wrong!” he wrote.
The Ballots being returned to States cannot be accurately counted. Many things are already going very wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2020
The president’s remarks come a week after he said he would not commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November’s general election to Joe Biden.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” he added, once again lying about the security about mail-in voting. There won’t be a transfer, there will be a continuation.”
Trump and Republicans have repeatedly disparaged vote-by-mail options in response to criticisms from voting rights advocates who’ve expressed safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.
But a study from Stanford University’s Democracy and Polarization Lab published in April found that contrary to the widely-held belief among the GOP that vote-by-mail gives Democrats an advantage over Republicans, vote-by-mail options do not benefit one party more than another.
“By comparing counties that adopt a vote-by-mail program to counties within the same state that do not adopt the program, we are able to compare the election outcomes and turnout behavior of voters who have different vote-by-mail accessibility but who have the same set of candidates on the ballot for statewide races,” researchers wrote.
Earlier this morning, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump, calling the Times story a “hit piece.”