President Donald Trump drew scorn and ridicule on Twitter with his latest bizarre and baseless attack on mail-in voting.
Trump has repeatedly attacked voting-by-mail in recent weeks as states push to expand the process in a bid to ensure the safety of citizens amid the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 103,000 people nationwide.
The president’s tweets with baseless attacks on mail-in balloting have earned him fact-check labels on Twitter. He’s also gotten a blunt fact-check from Fox News host Chris Wallace.
The president’s latest claim, made in the Oval Office on Thursday after signing an executive order on social media, suggested children in California were raiding mailboxes and handing ballots “to people that are signing the ballots down the end of the street.”
“They grab the ballots,” said Trump. “You don’t think that happens? There’s ballot harvesting,” later adding: “You don’t think they rip them out of mailboxes? It’s all the time, you read about it, you can read about it. Take a look.”
Check out the video here:
President Trump: "Anybody in California that breathing gets a ballot."— The Hill (@thehill) May 28, 2020
Reporter: "Mr. President, that's not true." pic.twitter.com/OjfccRD6EU
There have, however, been no reports of that happening.
Instances of serious fraud from mail-in voting are also very rare.
Twitter users were quick to debunk and poke fun at Trump’s statement:
Californian here. ♀️— Lisa Guerrero (@4lisaguerrero) May 28, 2020
No they do not do this.
Imagine if he spent this much time talking about the GRU. https://t.co/tfwf2ShGGs— Sam Vinograd (@sam_vinograd) May 28, 2020
Yep.— andy lassner (@andylassner) May 28, 2020
I live here and it’s all the rage with the kids.
Raiding mailboxes for ballots.
I tell them, “go play video games”, but all they wanna do is go outside and raid mailboxes. https://t.co/pAFwJzsH4K
I know that’s what I did as a young’un in the Midwest....