As this week’s Republican National Convention commences, party leaders are highlighting the stakes of the upcoming election.
In his address on Monday, President Donald Trump sounded the alarm over what he believes is “the greatest scam in the history of politics” currently being perpetrated by the Democratic Party, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Using COVID to defraud the American people”
Specifically, the president asserted that his political rivals are seeking to delegitimize the vote through a continued manipulation of the public’s fear of the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats have spent the past few weeks claiming that Trump is attempting to preemptively influence the results of the election by authorizing cuts to the U.S. Postal Service. In reality, though, Trump asserted that it is Democrats who are trying to tamper with the election.
“They’re trying to steal the election from the Republicans,” the president claimed during his first convention speech. “What they’re doing is using COVID to steal an election. They’re using COVID to defraud the American people.”
Trump has previously called attention to the practice in some states of delivering mail-in ballots either automatically or without requiring a reason from individual voters.
Such policies have been implemented in an ostensible effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Trump and others, however, maintain that the scenario is ripe for those intent on committing election fraud.
“They’ll be paying off people”
“People are going to be picking them up,” he predicted of the remote ballots. “They’ll be bribing. They’ll be paying off people to grab some. This is going to be one of the greatest scams. And it’s common sense. This has nothing to do with politics.”
For their part, many Democratic Party leaders maintain there is no concrete evidence to support the concerns. The president, however, has pointed to smaller regional elections that have already experienced issues this year in connection with mail-in voting systems.
He has also criticized Democratic governors nationwide for what he believes is a coordinated effort to slow his administration’s COVID-19 response.
“You have a governor is in a total shutdown mood,” he said in reference to North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. “I guarantee you on November 4 it will all open up, it will be fine like most Southern states.”
Both sides seem certain that their opponents are trying to sabotage the opportunity for a free and fair election. In the end, though, it is important for each voter to exercise his or her rights by casting an informed vote regardless of the partisan noise in the background.