President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Tuesday for linking his desire to confirm a new Supreme Court justice prior to the election with his hope that a conservative court could hand the election to him regardless of the voters.
Trump falsely claimed that mailing voters ballots during a pandemic was a "hoax" while departing the White House for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
“We need nine justices. You need that with the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending. It’s a scam. It’s a hoax," Trump falsely claimed. "Everybody knows that. And the Democrats know it better than anybody else."
"So you're going to need nine justices up there, I think it's going to be very important," he continued. "Because what they're doing is a hoax, with the ballots, they're sending out tens of millions of ballots, unsolicited -- not where they're being asked, but unsolicited."
"And that's a hoax and you're going to need to have nine justices. So doing it before the election would be a very good thing, because you're going to probably see it," Trump argued. "Because what they're doing is trying to sow confusion and everything else."
Here's some of the criticism Trump received:
Trump openly admits his rush to fill the seat is so SCOTUS backs his attempts to steal the election. https://t.co/JiwZdAiwkJ— Jesse Lehrich (@Jesse Lehrich)1600813751.0
Trump gives the game away. Trump is launching this SCOTUS power grab so he can try and launch a subsequent power g… https://t.co/myc9IRTqau— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1600813748.0
Trump straight out confessing he plans to steal the election through SCOTUS if he loses the votes. We are in REAL… https://t.co/bSeLpNudpD— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida)1600813980.0
Trump wants this justice for two reasons: one for bragging rights, and the primary reason is that he thinks they ca… https://t.co/Bewz5XjZ8x— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@Khashoggi’s Ghost)1600813989.0
The president keeps making clear that unless Democrats win by an unquestionable landslide, he will fight the result… https://t.co/1SNkj3KJjC— Ezra Klein (@Ezra Klein)1600815983.0
Here is our president, openly laying out his plans to declare an election that he loses to be an illegitimate elect… https://t.co/FCxt9U9zi1— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte)1600816139.0
Show of hands: anyone shocked that he’s already considering taking the election to SCOTUS? Solution: vote in numbe… https://t.co/3VHdeMVc1M— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer)1600814916.0
Quite a journey from 2000 to now. We now have a President who sees the main purpose of Supreme Court justices as st… https://t.co/yRlXdDyQ3T— Jonathan Ladd (@Jonathan Ladd)1600817975.0
American democracy is being destroyed before our very eyes... https://t.co/TiCRpBbv7G— Michael McDonald (@Michael McDonald)1600816246.0
saying the quiet part loud https://t.co/nA1Utjrjfx— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1600815012.0
President Trump explicitly stating he needs another Republican SCOTUS justice to help him steal the election. Meanw… https://t.co/zf4taJBtYj— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1600815260.0
God. He literally can’t help but put his foot in his mouth. I can guarantee every Republican Senator & the justices… https://t.co/M4C4dhRT6f— Brian Rosenwald (@Brian Rosenwald)1600815239.0
Incredibly dangerous rhetoric from Trump, alleging without any evidence that people are sending out tens of million… https://t.co/iBBC0ZwCnR— Tim Steller (@Tim Steller)1600817589.0
I'm 100% positive Trump plans to try stay in power via the court. https://t.co/wVngMTuGlX— Todd Poirier (@Todd Poirier)1600814530.0
GOP rigging courts so they can rig the election https://t.co/QHjoUqaxlX— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman)1600815410.0
It is simply amazing that the President of the United States is already disputing the results of the election. The… https://t.co/QZ2VYOLKGS— Matt Glassman (@Matt Glassman)1600817294.0