President Trump: Democrat push for mail-in voting amounts to election meddling

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Washington. Trump briefly left because of a security incident outside the fence of the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATED 11:12 AM PT – Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In a news conference on Monday, the president claimed the Democrat Party is trying to implement widespread mail-in voting for their own benefit. The president equated the Democrats’ pursuit of mail-in voting in the upcoming elections to foreign interference.

“I’ll tell you who’s meddling in our election, the Democrats are meddling,” said President Trump. “By wanting and insisting on sending mail-in ballots where there’s corruption all over the place.”

He and the Democrat Party have clashed on the issue of mail-in voting for several months now amid growing concerns about the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the election. President Trump, in the past, has also accused the Democrats of trying to steal the election by trying to relax voting regulations.

“Who would want a bill banning signature verification? What’s that all about?” he asked. “You know what it’s about? Fraud.”

The Republican National Committee has challenged the implementation of lax voting requirements by requesting the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Another key concern for the president’s campaign is the time frame of the presidential debates. The debates are set to start in late September, though some states such as North Carolina will begin sending out ballots earlier.

People close to the president, including Trump Organization executive Eric Trump, have argued the scheduling of the debates could benefit Joe Biden who he said is afraid and unprepared to debate the president.

“They’re messenger is Sleepy Joe, he doesn’t know its his message,” said President Trump. “He has no idea what the message is, but he’s going to do whatever they tell him to do, you know it, because he’s not all there.”

FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. Never before in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home and entrusting several layers of mostly unseen intermediaries to ensure their votes get accurately counted. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Although five U.S. states already perform full mail-in voting, critics have questioned the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to handle a full scale mail-in voting election.

It’s still unclear as to what lasting effects, if any, the pandemic will have on the presidential election.

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