With polls showing that he is lagging behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Donald Trump is on a crusade to ensure fewer people vote in November.
Part of this effort is to limit the use of postal ballot papers, although a pandemic across the country is still wreaking havoc.
On Monday, the president even tweeted the insane claim that overseas will print "millions" of postal ballot papers as part of a major "scandal".
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLION MAIL IN BALLOTS ARE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), June 22, 2020
Trump's fraud argument is not only wrong, it is also completely undermined by the fact that more than half a dozen of its executives repeatedly vote by post, a new report shows.
According to the New York Times, "Vice President Mike Pence and half a dozen other senior advisors to President Donald Trump have repeatedly voted in the mail," according to The Associated Press polls.
More from the report:
More than three years after leaving the Governor of Indiana’s residence, Pence still lists this as his official residence and chooses absent accordingly. Minister of Education Betsy DeVos has the status of a permanent postal vote in her home state of Michigan.
Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, was absent in Texas in 2018 and did not vote in the general election two years earlier when Trump's name was on the ballot.
Two other high-ranking Trump campaign officials – Chief Operating Officer Michael Glassner and Deputy Campaign Leader Bill Stepien – have repeatedly voted in New Jersey by mail. And Nick Ayers, a senior campaign advisor who previously served as Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, has been voting in Georgia since 2014.
Trump himself voted by post in the Florida area code earlier this year. The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has a long history of postal voting, which has been described extensively in the recent news. And Attorney General William Barr, who also raised concerns about the practice, voted absent in Virginia in 2012 and 2019, the Washington Post previously reported.
Trump, GOP no longer hides their efforts to suppress voters
Donald Trump and his Republican defenders are not even trying to hide the fact that fewer people are supposed to vote so that they can maintain their political power.
As Rachel Maddow reported earlier this month, Republicans appear to be deliberately undermining elections in key states like Georgia and Iowa before the November competition.
While polls show that Biden is (for now) clearly ahead of the president, the Trump campaign and its supporters will work tirelessly to make it harder for people to vote in the fall.
It is something that democrats in states across the country must fight against from now until November.
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Sean Colarossi currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizational fellow for both President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood in 2014 as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act, helping residents in northeastern Ohio take out health insurance.