“We will win an extraordinary election in November, to be exactly November 3 in North Carolina,” Trump told supporters who would be called to a telephone rally. “You can request absentee ballots now. Missing ballots are great.”
In recent months, Trump has increasingly tried to discredit the mail order vote. He tweeted in July: “Email voting is already proving to be catastrophic. Bullies talk about foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is a simple way for foreign countries to access race “.
Over the phone Tuesday, Trump encouraged supporters to “see that other people are not cheating because that is what they are looking to do.”;
At the same time, he told his audience: “Absentee voting is a safe process. It is initiated by the voter – you ask for it – and every voter is verified. Votedo vote is verified. It is the opposite of voter fraud. “Democrats want to send ballots to every legitimate voter across the state.”
The Democratic Party of North Carolina withdrew in a statement Wednesday.
“Donald Trump’s fierce response to this pandemic is why many North Carolinaians are choosing to vote by absentee ballot this year in the first place,” communications director Austin Cook told CNN. “Voting in the mail in our state – that is, voting in absentia – is safe, secure and credible, and that is why Trump, his family and his advisers have all voted by mail in the past. “The NCDP is hard at work engaging voters and encouraging them to vote in the safest and most convenient way for them. The incessant message of the Trump campaign for the mail-only campaign is only hurting our democracy and his party.”
But even though Trump encouraged supporters to vote in absentia, he could not resist casting doubt on the process, warning, “We are really banning some very important items they want. They want to do things that are very unfair to post votes, and they want to make sure they are covered because it will just create a fraudulent choice, in my opinion. “
“President Trump has consistently and rightly said that where a voter cannot do it in the polls, they should ask for a ballot in absentia,” Thea McDonald, Trump’s deputy campaign secretary, said Wednesday. “The president has also made a clear distinction between universal postal voting systems with hidden chaos, which led to the beginnings of New York and California train wrecks, and traditional postal voting systems, as the tried and true system in Carolina. “North – a difference Democrats and many in the mainstream media deliberately ignore to sow confusion.”
CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to reflect when ballots need to be taken by the North Carolina election board in order to be counted.