It’s no secret that Jim Acosta of CNN continually inserts himself as a sparring partner for President Trump, usually in a very disrespectful, showboating sort of manner. Recently, Jim Acosta called out the Trump administration and re-election campaign over statements made concerning mail-in ballots and how they would serve to perpetuate voter fraud.
Acosta called the notion out as fake news.
Charlie Spiering of Brietbart reports that Acosta demanded (?) evidence of such voter fraud – and the Trump group appeared happy to oblige.
Left-wing CNN activist Jim Acosta pressed Trump about claims that he made about voter fraud
Acosta continued to press Trump for evidence on the issue
Trump then brought up how voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud … that shut Acosta up pretty quick
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 8, 2020
During a White House press briefing, Acosta insisted that “all the experts say voter fraud is rare.” He continued:
“You’ve been talking about voter fraud since the beginning of this administration and where is the evidence of it?”
“I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some, okay?”
Trump then referenced nine people charged in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with “vote harvesting” mail-in ballots.
Another reference included a person from New York who was stealing and submitting absentee ballots.
— Wayne King (@TheWayneKing) April 8, 2020
A person is Pennsylvania was caught receiving at least 7 ballots in the mail at the same address. The campaign also referenced a report by the Heritage Foundation that documented more than 1,000 proven cases of voter fraud.
The campaign also told of an expert in the field who said that although voter fraud is rare, “the most common type of such fraud in the United States involves absentee ballots.”
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) April 10, 2020
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement:
“Democrats and the mainstream media always scoff at claims of voter fraud, but then completely ignore evidence from across the country. The obvious reason is that Democrats are just fine with the possibility of voter fraud. And many in the media just see the world their way.”
"The White House also shared details of 2005 commission led by President Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush’s secretary of state James A. Baker III that concluded mail-in ballots 'remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.'" https://t.co/oGBtfWIr46 via @BreitbartNews
— Lisa Mei Crowley ? (@LisaMei62) April 9, 2020
The Trump campaign also cited a Judicial Watch action to purge millions of ineligible voters from the rolls, and a joint project between President George W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter that concluded mail-in ballots were “the largest source of voter fraud.”
A White House source told Breitbart News in a statement:
“Outside those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts, there’s a clear consensus that universal mail-in voting would be vulnerable to fraud.”
“Those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts.”
That fully describes CNN in general, and especially Jim Acosta.
In a related story, Hannah Bleau of Brietbart reported that Senator and former presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is pushing forward legislation that would include a nationwide vote-by-mail program, in order to not “disenfranchise voters.”
Senator Klobuchar responded to a Wisconsin court overturning Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ stay at home order that moved primary voting into June.
This is why I lead the bill so voters are not disenfranchised in November. https://t.co/KoOdTpsTdS
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 7, 2020
Klobuchar’s proposal would include a “no-excuse-absentee-vote-by-mail” in all states.
Per the release:
“The bill would specifically ensure that voters in all states have 20 days of early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail and ensure states begin processing votes cast during early voting or by mail 14 days before Election Day to avoid delays in counting votes on Election Day.
‘Americans are facing unprecedented disruptions to their daily lives and we need to make sure that in the midst of this pandemic, Americans don’t also lose their ability to vote,’ Klobuchar said in a statement, attributing the introduction of the bill to the confusion associated with Ohio’s primary, which officials ultimately postponed.”
“The confusion regarding Ohio’s primary only underscores the need for federal legislation. Some states have announced that they will postpone their primary elections, and many election officials have expressed concern regarding how this public health emergency will affect upcoming elections.
We must take critical steps to ensure that states have the resources they need to implement early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail programs.
As Congress prepares to provide states with medical and economic relief, we should also act swiftly to pass my legislation to ensure that every American has a safe way to participate in our democracy during a national emergency.”
Responses from public citizens and many politicians usually include the notion that the federal government and court system(s) shouldn’t be involved in state-controlled election processes.
Sen. John Cornyn (R/TX) responded via a statement to Politico:
“Our Democratic friends want the federal government to take over elections, but historically those have been handled at the state level.”
Brietbart reports additionally that “the release touts the NDEBA as a ‘commonsense solution’ not just for 2020 but ‘future elections,’” adding to the mounting suspicions of the GOP, which believes Democrats are trying to use the national crisis to advance their broader agenda of changing voting laws and methods, whether through the next coronavirus relief bill or separate legislation.”
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