Bill Barr smacks down vote-by-mail proposals in tense interview, says they are ‘playing with fire’

Attorney General Bill Barr sat for an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, and in the process ended the Democrat-propagated myth that voting by mail is safe and secure once and for all. 

Barr warned during the interview that those “trying to change the rules” of how US elections are conducted are “playing with fire.”

Bill Barr pulls no punches

The Democrat party — both progressives and establishment — is united over the recent push to implement vote-by-mail processes for the November election, using concerns about COVID-19 as an excuse.

However, Barr pointed out that prior to Donald Trump’s presidency, both Democrats and Republicans agreed that voting by mail was fraught with dangers and potential for fraud.

Barr reminded Blitzer of an authoritative and bipartisan report released in 2005 by the Commission on Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, who declared at the time that vote by mail is “likely to increase the risks of fraud and of contested elections.”

“We’re a very closely divided country here, and people have to have confidence in the legitimacy of the government,” Barr explained. “People trying to change the rules to this methodology, which as a matter of logic is very open to fraud and coercion, is reckless and dangerous, and people are playing with fire.”

Blitzer countered Barr’s argument by saying that multiple states conduct their elections entirely by mail, but Barr fired back that “we haven’t had the kind of widespread use of mail-in ballots that’s being proposed.”

“Now what we’re talking about is mailing them to everyone on the voter list when everyone knows those voter lists are inaccurate,” Barr said. “People who should get them don’t get them … and people who get them are not the right people.”

COVID-19 concerns

Democrats have couched advocacy for mail-in ballots in terms of the risk posed by going to physical polling locations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a point that Blitzer highlighted.

Blitzer did not happen to mention that both Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, the nation’s top infectious disease experts — who are often cited as the ultimate authority on all things COVID-19 by the mainstream media — both said in August that there is no reason American’s can’t safely vote in person.

Furthermore, Barr noted that there is already a far more secure option available to those unable to or fearful of visiting physical polling places: Absentee ballots, which are “mailed to people who request them from a specific address.” Additionally, Barr posited that polling locations can make “arrangements at the polls that protect people.”

Fauci made a similar comment in mid-August, likening voting in person to standing in line at the grocery store, something most Americans have been doing safely with extra precautions in place since the beginning of the pandemic.

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