Vice President Mike Pence received a near-instant fact check on social media after he echoed President Donald Trump’s baseless claims about mail-in voter fraud to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday night.
Pence promoted the use of absentee ballots, describing them as “perfectly acceptable,” while criticizing universal mail-in voting as “ripe for fraud.”
The President made it clear, we’re headed to the courts. The one person, one vote right is at the very center of our democracy & we’re not going to stand idly by while Dem states & Dem Governors use the backdrop of the Coronavirus to send millions of ballots across this Country. pic.twitter.com/fxWC2BTQzW— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) August 4, 2020
Twitter users pointed out that mail-in voting and absentee ballots are pretty much one and the same — and that the same processes are used for both.
Others noted that Trump in March voted by mail in the Florida GOP primary and that there is no record of serious fraud resulting from mail-in voting.
"I am a big fan of Fridays but absolutely hate the day after Thursday." https://t.co/w0ompUmfFf— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 4, 2020
How the hell does he think mail in ballots are processed?— ChicaLoca (@HaschVivian) August 4, 2020
Okay everyone, change of plan: apply for an ABSENTEE BALLOT, because those are completely different and totally fine. *wink wink*
Trump voted by mail.— Padraig (Blue Checkmark) (@patrickmkcirtap) August 4, 2020
And Ivanka and Jared.
And Barr, and DeVos, and Kudlow, and Ross, and McDaniel, and Parscale...
Of course. Absentee ballots are returned by carrier pigeon. https://t.co/81gvh0DKze— Paulette Feeney (@PauletteParis1) August 4, 2020
Ya know, Mike. I’m not buying it. Our signatures are...