Trump says results of election will 'never be accurately determined'

Donald Trump says results of presidential election will ‘never be accurately determined,’ as polls show him trailing Joe Biden 

  • President Donald Trump charged the results of November’s election may ‘never be accurately determined’ 
  • He has been on a crusade to cast doubt on the electoral process
  • Polls show Democratic rival Joe Biden leading him in November contest
  • Trump blamed mail-in ballots
  • ‘The Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED,’ he said

President Donald Trump on Thursday charged the results of November’s election may ‘never be accurately determined’ as part of his continued crusade to cast doubt on the outcome as polls show rival Joe Biden in the lead. 

Trump, per usual, blamed mail-in ballots. The president has long argued mail-in voting will lead to a ‘rigged’ election even as studies show there is very little voter fraud in the United States. 

‘Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to “voters”, or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED, which is what some want. Another election disaster yesterday. Stop Ballot Madness!,’ Trump wrote on Twitter. 

He urged governors – many of whom have expanded mail-in voting options in their states – to go back to traditional Election Day voting 

‘The big Unsolicited Ballot States should give it up NOW, before it is too late, and ask people to go to the Polling Booths and, like always before, VOTE. Otherwise, MAYHEM!!! Solicited Ballots (absentee) are OK,’ he added.

President Donald Trump charged the results of November’s election may ‘never be accurately determined’

President Trump been on a crusade to discredit the election as Democratic rival Joe Biden leads him in the polls

His latest rant against mail-in ballots comes as Biden continues to lead in their November contest. Biden is up by almost six points in the RealClearPolitics polling average on the race. 

Around 80 million Americans are expected to vote by mail this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Given the high level of voting, results may not be known in the immediate aftermath of November 3, which could help the president in his bid to cast doubt on the electoral process.  

Democrats have been worried President Trump won’t accept the election results if Biden is the winner of their November contest.

On Wednesday, President Trump railed about mail-in voting, which he cast as vulnerable to foreign interference – and raised the prospect that a contested presidential election could be thrown to the House.

He also vowed to squelch any violent protests on Election Day, warning they will be ‘put down very, very quickly.

The president exploded about mail-in voting at a White House press briefing after asked him about his earlier vow to ‘put down’ any potential violent election protests, which he said would amount to an ‘insurrection.’

Trump said at a White House briefing that ‘at a certain point it goes to Congress’ raising the prospect of a contested election

He then raised the prospect of an election so disputed that it ends up being decided not by the direct vote or the Electoral College, but by the House of Representatives. 

‘It’s not just the counting of the ballots, which, by the way will take forever,’ Trump fumed. ‘It’ll take forever. You think November 3rd? You might not have – I guess, at a certain point it goes to Congress. At a certain point it goes to Congress – you know that,’ he said. 

The Constitution provides for the House to decide disputed elections, where each state delegation gets a single vote – a situation that could favor the Republicans, depending on the composition of the new Congress. 

Although Democrats currently control the House and are likely to keep it, Republicans currently control a majority of state delegations.  

Trump unloaded on mail-in ballots, which he describes as fraudulent, even as he defended his own absentee ballot in Florida. Several states use mail-in ballots for their elections. 

‘It’s very dangerous for our country. And you know who knows that better than anybody? The Democrats,’ Trump said.

Asked about his prior comments, made on Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox, as well as attorney general Bill Barr urging prosecutors to go after violent prosecutors with sedition charges, Trump responded: ‘If there’s any kind of demonstration of violence, there will be nothing that interferes with this product, this vote.’

‘There’s going to be nothing,’ he added.

‘If we have violent demonstrations yes we will put it down very, very quickly if there is, absolutely. 

Then he continued: ‘The biggest problem we have right now are the ballots. Millions of ballots going out. That’s the biggest problem.’

Trump then dismissed intelligence warnings about Russian election interference, as well as preferences by China and Iran. 

‘When you talk about other countries, whether it’s China, Russia, or many others that get mentioned, they’re in a much better position with these paper ballots to do something than they would ever be under the old system,’ Trump said. 

Trump said he considered Democratic governors pushing mail voting amid the pandemic a greater threat than Russia. 

‘Our biggest threat to this election is governors from opposing parties controlling ballots, millions of ballots. To me that’s a much bigger threat than foreign countries,’ Trump said. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Barr had warned prosecutors that violent protests could escalate as the elections approach, and pushed them to use the rarely used sedition laws, which would require the feds to prove a conspiracy against the government. 

The president’s comments ran through a handful of issues that threaten to form a toxic combination on Election Day: new and competing forms of voting, the potential for foreign interference, accusations of partisanship in election oversight, and angry demonstrations after a summer of protest. 

He declined to answer repeated follow-ups by about whether he might declare victory before mail-in ballots are counted.

‘This is a disgrace. This is being done on purpose. They know it’s no good. they know it’s going to be fraudulent. It’s going to be fraud all over the place. Who’s getting the ballots? Who’s sending the ballots?’ Trump asked. 

‘They have people saying you don’t need a verified signature. This is a serious threat to our democracy, and the Democrats know that,’ Trump said. 

Trump defended his own use of the mail to vote – with the frequent flier saying he couldn’t make it to battleground Florida, where he switched his residence from New York. 

‘If you solicit the ballot, you go through a process. You ask for a ballot because you can’t be there for a large number of reasons – I’m doing it myself,’ Trump said. ‘I won’t be able to be in Florida. You solicit and they send it back. You do it and you send it back. that’s the process that you go through.’

But he would only give his full support to in-person voting, and said the coronavirus would be less of a threat by Election Day.

‘The thing that really works is you go to the ballot box. it’s going to be very safe,’ he said. 

‘I think by that time covid will be even lower. it’s going to be very low. It’s going to be a very safe process,’ Trump said. 

He complained about Nevada’s Democratic governor Steve Sisolak holding oversight over elections in his state, and brought up a recent grievance after having two planned outdoor rallies shut down.

He called Sisolak someone ‘who is a political person, very political, far beyond being governor, where they try to stop you from making a speech unsuccessfully, but we had to move around a lot, had to move quickly. So this same guy that tried to stop you from making free speech outside, they forced us inside because of what they did. But outside. This is the guy that’s controlling ballots,’ Trump said.

He complained about ‘missing ballots, ballots that never showed up, ballots with bad signatures, ballots with no signatures …’

He claimed without evidence that Democratic governors would open states once the elections are over – and claimed they wanted bad coronavirus numbers.

‘It’ll open on November 4th. it’ll open up right after the election. but they want people to — they want our numbers to be as bad as possible,’ Trump said.

Trump’s politically volatile comments came at a briefing where he started out showing a chart with morbidity from the coronavirus. 

‘The blue states have tremendous death rates,’ Trump said of traditionally Democratic-voting states. ‘If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level I don’t think anybody in the world would be at,’ he said.

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