President Trump and his challenger, Joe Biden , have found something they agree on: The November election could be rife with corruption. But each points at the other's party.
July 1, 2020 GMTFILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo a voter casts her mail-in ballot at in a drop box in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. Just over four months before Election Day, President Donald Trump is escalating his efforts to delegitimize the upcoming presidential election. Last week he made a startling, and unfounded, claim that 2020 will be “the most corrupt election in the history of our country." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo a voter casts her mail-in ballot at in a drop box in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. Just over four months before Election Day, President Donald Trump is escalating his efforts to delegitimize the upcoming presidential election. Last week he made a startling, and unfounded, claim that 2020 will be “the most corrupt election in the history of our country." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump and his challenger, Joe Biden, have found something they agree on: The November election could be rife with corruption because of how officials handle the voting process.Of course, the Republican incumbent and his Democratic rival place the prospective blame in different places. Each points at the other’s party.
“I really, really, really believe we’re on the cusp of what could be the most corrupt process that we’ve seen in a general election if we don’t monitor this every single second,” Biden told donors Tuesday evening as he discussed Trump’s and many Republicans’ opposition to expanding early voting and mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADVERTISEMENTThat’s similar language to what Trump has tweeted to his millions of social media followers in recent weeks. “Mail-in voting … will lead to the most corrupt election in USA history,” Trump declared Sunday.The president previously argued that mail-balloting allows voters to “cheat.” One such tweet
drew a rare, special tagfrom Twitter that directed readers to mail-voting facts that rebutted the president’s unsupported claims about voter fraud. There are instances of voter fraud in the U.S., most often found in local or smaller jurisdictional elections, but there is no evidence of widespread fraud that would tilt statewide or national results.
Biden noted Tuesday that Trump himself has voted using mail ballots, most recently using Florida’s absentee process to cast his Republican primary ballot in March.Similar word choice aside, Biden’s and Trump’s disparate framing of voting by mail tracks the long-running, largely partisan fight over ballot access and election security. Republicans nationally have pushed aggressive culling of voter rolls, identification requirements that are arduous for some voters, and strict signature and witness rules for absentee ballots. GOP officials cast such rules as necessary fraud prevention; Democrats call them systemic voter suppression.
“We have got to keep ringing the bell about this all the way to the election,” Biden said, adding that his campaign and the Democratic Party have put together a team of hundreds of lawyers and volunteers to focus on voter protection and education. “It’s the greatest concern I have,” Biden said, “not just for my race, but for races up and down the ballot.”
Biden singled out Trump’s opposition to injecting federal aid into the. “He’s talking about defunding the post office so they can’t deliver mail-in ballots,” Biden said.ADVERTISEMENTThe postal agency doesn’t actually get direct taxpayer support for normal operations, as Biden’s dig suggested. But COVID-19 has devastated its already precarious finances, and Congress has considered an aid package. Trump’s White House blocked one bailout effort earlier this year and wants to attach strings to any taxpayer assistance.
At the time, Biden said that he believed Trump was pushing a narrative to cloud the results in November should the president lose. Biden went so far in that April 23 event as tosuggest Trump might attemptto postpone the election. Biden offered no evidence of that claim.
Besides Trump’s opposition to mail ballots, Biden declared Tuesday that dozens of proposals from state lawmakers around the country amount to “Jim Crow-type efforts to restrict access to voting.” He did not elaborate. But he promised to “restore the Voting Rights Act,” the 1965 civil rights law that, until a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, required many Southern states and some counties outside the South to get federal approval for all changes to election rules and procedures.Read more: The Associated Press »
Considering the majority of of Trump's votes were mail in ballots... I really don't think the method is the problem. It was already corrupted. Trump would know. He used his Russian cosigned loan to make sure of it. And they’d both be right. Well we’ve already seen the effects of Democratic ballot harvesting in elections.
Some people say the AP is filled with reporters who have no fucking idea what they’re doing and are destroying this country with their false equivocations. Others disagree. Each points to the other. Nj election fraud. Democrat. 🙂 The biggest failure the last 3.5 years isn't Trump, it's the media and so called journalists. They helped in causing this mess in the first place.
Duh The American media learned NOTHING from cops targeting them during the protests. This flawed objectivity will cost them the thin freedoms they think they’re entitled to Hello Democrats. I strongly suggest you vote during the early voting period and only use paper ballots. All the Republican’s shenanigans is set up for Election Day.
You, uh, kind of forgot to include a lot of trumps lies in this article. This was a pretty shoddy attempt at both sidesism. Do better. Yes but one of the two has a proven history of literally telling thousands and thousands of lies. Pick a side AP. Facts or Alternative facts. It’s really bullshit the way that you report this. Reinforcing a bullshit narrative as if it’s two sides simply claiming the same thing of the other. One side is openly lying about a false and disproved danger, while the other is telling the truth about actual circumstances.
So they're both preparing excuses if they lose. How do fix this then? The only way possible. Mandatory voter ID. Problem solved for both sides. See it’s not that hard to work together. Let realDonaldTrump feel the corruption the American citizens he let down are feeling.......... Demand voter ID. That way Trump’s minions cant cheat at the voting stations!!
'Both sides' again? Really, ap? Do better. The gop gerrymander, suppress voters and accept foreign criminal interference in elections, while none of the same can be said of the Dems, yet US media continue to 'both side' this idea that a corrupt elections are a problem caused by both parties. Voter ID Tell my wife I said 'hello'
They have voter ID in Kenya, just saying. One side just stripped from the defense act the requirement that campaigns report foreign interference attempts. Which one could that be? Extremely embarrassing headline We’ve already seen Republicans kicking legitimate voters off the roles. We know which party is deeply corrupt when it comes to voting. Voter suppression is your first clue
Neither Hitler nor FDR knew which way the war would go ... who's the ass head who wrote this tripe? 'Both sides' Let’s just point out that both parties are dirty, nasty, corrupt people desperate to cling to their meager crumbs of power. Look no further than the 2016 and 2020 Democrat debates and primaries. Machine politics equally from both parties.
Yeah I guess it's just one of those Mysteries to which we can never find the answer. Just another one of those fortuitous both sides situations where the media doesn't have to report that one party is in fact worse than the other. Jo Jorgensen 2020... retire these 2 old dementia patients all ready... Maybe it’ll all even out. Maybe this isn’t 2020..
WELL THEY MUST BOTH BE RIGHT THEN, REPORTING PROBLEM SOLVED Everyone knows its the CorruptGOP They won’t win otherwise..... If only there were one party who keeps trying to pass election security measures and make it easier for citizens to vote, and another who keeps blocking election security measures and systematically disenfranchising minorities and the poor. Maybe then we would know who to believe
I don’t think that’s agreeing... You did not just issue that fucking headline. MAGA!!! Voter ID and vote in person or absentee ballot!
Poll: Biden, Trump locked in dead heat in Ohio, where Trump won by 8 in 2016Trump&39;s job approval has remained about the same in Ohio for the past year, with 44% of those polled approving of the job he&39;s done. Whatever you say, Karen. Biden has full blown DEMENTIA. Don't waste your votes. He's being controlled by the fascist lintel libs. Biden has this Ohioans Vote
Trump ramps up Facebook ad spend as Biden pulls ahead in pollsPresident Donald Trump has ramped up his re-election campaign's Facebook ad spending after falling behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in numerous nationwide polls. As long as Trump keeps tweeting or retweeting White Power videos like an idiot....he is going to lose. No amount of ads are going to turn the tide and furthermore all Republican down ballot candidates will also get crushed Not sure any amount of ads can undo the idiocy and lack of leadership from his admin, especially in the last 4 months.
Trump Reportedly Has a Solution to Poor Polling: Be Meaner to BidenAmong other questionable campaign decisions reported this weekend, Trump may be considering a more abrasive nickname for his “sleepy” opponent. Just be mean Trump we love your Trumpland! Welcome to Trumpland, let us all get sick, just close your eyes and shout: 'Trump is the best, he makes America great again, sick and violent, but man so great, truly great! Or he could lead?
Biden to ramp up attacks on Trump, accuse him of 'surrendering' to coronavirus pandemicIn a speech on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden will ramp up his attacks on President Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden campaign says. Go for it Joe. Trump is the agent of chaos. Takes no responsibility for everything & deflects on every issue. His rallies are nothing but a bully at the pulpit, not sighting any real change or hope for the future. Everybody remembers what the Democrats said at the very beginning of the COVID-19 virus Does Biden even know what he’s talking about? China created this problem, first off address that, even if son getting paid by China. Then Biden has to know half the United State’s didn’t die from China Corona, as he physically said. Get the hell out of the basement . Lost World
Exclusive USA TODAY poll: Biden widens his lead, but Trump keeps the edge on enthusiasmPresident Trump is falling further behind Democrat Joe Biden in the race for the White House, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds – but the president's real opponent seems to be himself. Polls are such a waste of time lmao Really polls didn't yall learn anything from 2016 not a single person believes that. Bidens own internal polling doesnt have him up half that.
Biden slams Trump on coronavirus: 'Our wartime president has surrendered''What happened? Now it's almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered — waved the white flag and left the battlefield,' Joe Biden said about President Trump declaring himself a wartime president in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden is not mentally fit to be president. Joe you don’t even know what month we’re in 🤣🤣🤣🍿