The “Access Hollywood” segment, filmed while Trump was trying to vote in the 2004 election, shows Trump along with TV host Billy Bush visiting numerous polling stations in New York City. Trump, however, is blocked from voting in any country because he is not on any of the voter turnovers at every stop.
Trump can be seen getting more and more irritated before declaring, “I will fill out the absentee ballot.”
The segment ends with the completion of what Bush describes as a temporary vote in his car.
“I just voted,” Trump claimed. “At least you can say Trumpster does not give up.”
The 16-year-old video has circulated on social media and received new attention in the wake of the President̵
7;s ongoing attacks on postal voting.
Those attacks, which often take on a partisan tinge after the president said he believed his party would be harmed by mail-order voting, escalated Thursday to the point that Trump sailed late in the election – something he could not do legally. .
“With universal mail voting (not absentee voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most inaccurate and misleading election in history. It will be a great embarrassment for the US,” Trump announced. on Thursday. “Delaying the Election until people can vote properly, safe and secure ???”
During a press conference later in the day, Trump was asked to explain his motivations. At first, he suggested he was trying to avoid a withdrawn counting process that could take days or weeks if large numbers of voters cast ballots by mail. But he eventually acknowledged that his allegations could raise doubts about any outcome in November.
“What people are looking at now is … are all these stories true about the fact that these elections will be fraudulent, they will be rigged, manipulated,” he said.
“Everyone is watching it,” Trump added. “A lot of people are saying it probably will happen.”
In reality, there is no evidence that e-mail voting leads to fraud. While there are rare cases of voter fraud by mail ballots, it is nowhere near a widespread problem in the US electoral system. The most recent example of postal ballot fraud took place in the 2018 midterm elections in a race where a North Carolina GOP activist was charged with multiple offenses in connection with controversial absenteeism activity in a congressional race in name of the Republican candidate.
Post vote fraud is extremely rare in part because states have systems and processes in place to prevent voter fraud, theft, and fraud. These systems will apply to both absentee ballots and e-mails to voters within the state.
Moreover, the President’s distinction between postal voting and absentee voting has worried experts who say those voting systems are essentially the same.
“Voting without justification by mail or absentee voting – whatever you call it – is the same thing,” David Becker, founder of the non-partisan Center for Innovation and Election Research, told CNN earlier. “You ask for a ballot, you get a ballot, you vote, you send it and there is protection in place. It does not matter if you call it postal voting or no voting. It is the same thing.”
CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand, Kevin Liptak and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.