WASHINGTON, U.S — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Donald Trump’s latest effort to sow doubt in the mail-in voting process, saying Tuesday that she believes he’s become so unhinged that not even he knows what he’s talking about.
“I don’t know what he’s doing, and I don’t know if he knows what he’s doing,” Pelosi said of Trump’s claims that absentee voting is a rigged process. “But what he’s doing is not right.”
The House speaker pointed out that despite Trump’s baseless claims, Republicans – not Democrats – have always benefited from mail-in voting.
I don’t know what he’s doing, and I don’t know if he knows what he’s doing. But what he’s doing is not right. The fact is, as a former chair of the California Democratic Party, I can tell you Republicans have always enjoyed much success with vote by mail. The absentee ballots have never been a good moment for us over time. So they know how to use the mail for their voting. And there’s no scientific study that says one party or the other benefits from it. But this is now a health issue. We talk about saving the lives, testing, the livelihood, the economy, and the life of our democracy. Vote by mail. Now people have to choose between their health and their vote. That shouldn’t be the case. We should always be removing obstacles of participation to the vote. That is the sacred right of our democracy – to vote. Remove obstacles. But at a time of a pandemic, even more important to give people an option that is not a risk to their lives, as well. So, you know, again, I can’t — I don’t want even to go where he goes, but the point is that this is a very positive initiative that has support throughout the country, bipartisan support. We’re asking for $3.6 billion, which is what it will take to make sure that the states have the resources they need to ensure that people have the right to vote.