President Donald Trump on Thursday raised concerns over the viability of unsolicited ballots as he spoke to a packed crowd at a campaign rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Trump reiterated what he said in North Carolina the day prior, calling on voters to go to the polls in person after they have mailed in their ballot to check that their vote has been counted. He appeared to hint that mail-in votes are susceptible to being thwarted or manipulated.
“Sign your mail in ballots, okay. You sign it, send it in, and you have to follow it,” Trump said at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, the venue for the rally.
He continued, “And if on election day or early voting that [vote] is not tabulated and counted, you go vote. And then if for some reason after that—it shouldnt take that long—it [the mailed vote] comes in, theyre not going to be able to tabulate it because you will have [already] voted.
“You have to make sure your vote counts, because the only way theyre going to beat us is by doing that kind of stuff. Im trying to be nice,” Trump said.
Pennsylvania is regarded as an important battleground state where Trump won by a narrow margin in the 2016 presidential election by about 44,000 votes. Westmoreland County, where Trump held the rally on Thursday, played a key role in the 2016 election, Trump had 63.5 percent of the vote over Hillary Clintons 32.5 percent, a margin of about 56,800 votes.
Trump expressed his concerns over universal mail-in voting, which he called “unsolicited ballots.” He has repeatedly expressed his concern about unsolicited ballots, saying they could lead to a surge in election fraud.
“Soliciteds okay because thats when youre asking [for the ballot] and you want it, then you send in the necessary paperwork and the documentation and you get the ballot and you fill it out. … But you cant, this whole thing with the unsolicited … Unsolicited means youre sitting there … they throw these things in your face, and the [voter] lists are inaccurate, and people are dead, and dogs have gotten ballots, they have,” Trump said, to a crowd that responded with laughter.
“And they know Im right, and everybody knows Im right, and they say Im right behind closed doors. Its a disgrace what they do to our country.”
He continued, “Its really unfair because our people have enthusiasm, theyre going out to vote, theyre all going out to vote.”
Trump campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh said in an emailed statement to The Epoch Times earlier on Thursday: “President Trump has been working tirelessly to fight the radical changes to voting laws Democrats and radical left-wing judges have been forcing through mere months before an election. The President is now drawing attention to the reckless election law tampering Democrats are doing in states across the country, creating the very real opportunity for people to vote twice, as we know happened in Philadelphia.
“President Trump encourages supporters to vote absentee-by-mail early, and then show up in person at the polls or the local registrar to verify that their vote has already been counted,” Murtaugh added.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, in commenting on Trumps call on voters to check their votes, “This is about verifying that every vote is counted, because we know voters are disenfranchised.”
“Just in the 2020 presidential primary, for instance, there were 100,000 ballots rejected in California—mail-in ballots,” she continued. “In New York, one in five—think about that—one in five mail-in ballots were rejected, a total of 84,000 ballots rejected in New York City alone.
“And we know the thin margins by which elections are decided, and we also know that, as research has shown, young, black, and Hispanic voters are more likely to have their mail-in ballots rejected. Thats according to a Washington Post article,” she added. “So the President wants enfranchisement, not disenfranchisement.”
Hundreds of people turned up to the rally, most wearing red MAGA hats. The crowd filled the event space with several hundreds in the hangar, overflowing to a crowd of about a thousand or more outside the area, according to reports.
“We have thousands of people behind this hangar, thousands, and were trying to get them in, Id love to get them in, its an airport, let them go to the runways,” the president joked at one point during his rally. “Were doing the hangar thing now because the arenas cant do it because of the pandemic,” the president noted.
Hours prior, hundreds of people were waiting outside the airport, and cars headed to the rally were seen locked in traffic. The traffic was backed up for hours, according to CBS Pittsburgh. The outlet also reported that some supporters arrived at the venue the night before.
Trump expressed confidence that he will again win in Pennsylvania. He accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of wanting to surrender Americans jobs to China.
“Joe Biden wants to surrender your jobs to China, you know that … He wants to surrender your nation to the radical left-wing mob, hes trying to change now, you understand, because were going up and hes dropping like a rock in water,” Trump said.
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