President Donald Trump for the second day in a row told voters to commit fraud. Voter fraud is a crime.
In a series of tweets Thursday morning Trump urged voters to “SIGN & MAIL IN your Ballot as EARLY as possible. On Election Day, or Early Voting go to your Polling Place to see whether or not your Mail In Vote has been Tabulated (Counted). If it has you will not be able to Vote & the Mail In System worked properly. If it has not been Counted, VOTE (which is a citizen’s right to do).”
In his tweets Trump appeared to be trying to walk back his remarks from Wednesday, during which he instructed voters to commit a crime.
“They will vote and then they are going to have to check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way because if it tabulates then they won’t be able to do that,” Trump told a local Wilmington, North Carolina reporter Wednesday, furthering his attack on mail-in voting. “So, let them send it in and let them go vote.”
The president got it wrong, instructing voters to vote twice, which is a felony.
Some might say Trump’s remarks could be considered criminal solicitation, which is also a crime.
“Send it in early and then go and vote… you can’t let them take your vote away.”
Donald Trump suggests postal voters in North Carolina vote twice – one by mail and once in person – to make sure their first vote counts.
Voting more than once in an election is illegal. pic.twitter.com/H3wtgnftLC
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 3, 2020
Some states, by law, do not count – or even open – absentee or by-mail ballots until Election Day, others only after the polls have closed. So it would be easy for a voter to follow the President’s instructions, send in their ballot, then vote “twice,” since that ballot has not been registered, verified, or counted.
Trump could have told them that many states allow voters to check online to see if their mail-in ballot has been received. Going to the polls on Election Day to check only serves to add more confusion to the process, likely will not get the voter a proper response, and negates the reason Americans want to vote by mail: to avoid situstions where they might contract the coronavirus.
Tim Scott says Trump ‘misspoke’ about Proud Boys: ‘If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak’
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Wednesday sought to excuse President Donald Trump's refusal to disavow a far-right extremist group.
At Tuesday night's presidential debate, Trump was asked to speak out against the neo-fascist Proud Boys group.
"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!" Trump replied.
On Wednesday, Scott was given a chance to comment on the remark during a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace's comment," Scott said. "I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it, if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak.”
Former RNC chair and Montana governor spurns his party to endorse Joe Biden
Former Republican Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, who also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee for two years, has broken with his party and is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The Helena Independent Record reports that Racicot made his endorsement on Tuesday evening in an interview with Yellowstone Public Radio.
"Even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," the former Montana governor said before making an argument in favor of Biden's moral character.
No one with ‘an IQ over 80’ should not see Trump as a ‘sociopath’ on the debate stage: Conservative editor
On Tuesday, writing for The Bulwark, conservative editor Jonathan Last tore into President Donald Trump's performance at the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening in Cleveland.
"Honestly: I cannot understand how anyone with an IQ over 80 could have watched this disgrace and not come away understanding that the president of the United States is a sociopath," wrote Last. "But I’ll try to put myself in the mind of voters and tell you what I saw."
"He was a doughy, orange honey-badger, yelling, shouting, cajoling, needling and — this is the important part — never shutting up," wrote Last. "If you are a fan of the Trump lifestyle brand — if you have a Trump flag on your boat and wear a MAGA hat because you love pissing off the brown girl with the nose ring at Starbucks — then I suspect that you thought this was the greatest performance by any debater in the history of debates ... On the other hand, it’s not clear to me that Trump’s act was effective with undecided voters."