President Trump said he was adamently opposed to holding November’s presidential election by mail saying there was a greater risk of fraud.
‘No, because I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,’ Trump said during his Friday press conference, though assured reporters that ‘the general election will happen on November 3.’
He also suggested that Wisconsin’s Democratic governor asked to delay the state’s primary election, which is scheduled for Tuesday amid a global pandemic, in order to hurt a Republican judicial candidate that the president endorsed earlier in the day.
President Trump said Friday that he was opposed to mail-in balloting for the November presidential election if there are still coronavirus concerns
He then pointed a finger at the Democratic governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers (pictured) and said he wanted to delay the state’s primary to hurt a Republican judge
Earlier Friday, the president announced his support for Justice Daniel Kelly who’s on the ballot Tuesday in Wisconsin to keep his state Supreme Court seat
‘In Wisconsin what happend is, I, through social media, put out a very strong endorsement of a Republican conservative judge, who’s an excellent brilliant judge, he’s a justice,’ Trump began. ‘And I hear what happened is his poll numbers went through the roof and because of that I think they delayed the election.’
A reporter then asked if the Democratic Gov. Tony Evers may have been merely concerned about in-person voting during a major outbreak of a deadly virus.
Trump didn’t name Justice Daniel Kelly (pictured) in the press briefing, but had tweeted an endorsement of his state Supreme Court run earlier Friday
‘Why didn’t he do this two weeks ago?’ Trump mused. ‘All of the sudden an election, which is taking place very soon, gets delayed.’
Trump made sure to point out Evers’ political party.
‘All of the sudden the governor comes out – the Democrat governor by the way – comes out and says we’re going to move this election,’ Trump continued. ‘I don’t know, I hope you’re right,’ he said of the reporter’s point that Evers was motivated by the pandemic to strike in-person voting.
Trump tweeted his support of Justice Daniel Kelly, who will be on the Wisconsin ballot to keep his seat, earlier Friday.
‘Justice Kelly has been doing a terrific job upholding the Rule of Law and defending your [Second Amendment.]’ the president wrote. ‘Tough on Crime, Loves our Military and our Vets. He has my Complete Endorsement!’
Evers wants the state to send absentee ballots to every voter and push the deadline for mailing them back to May 26. He called a special session of the state’s legislature to enact the changes.
Trump said Friday that voting should be done with an ID.
Democrats have long opposed voter ID because it can disenfranchise low-income Americans.
The president said their position was motivated because they wanted to cheat.
‘And the reason they don’t want voter ID is they intend to cheat,’ he said. ‘You should have a picture for voting.’