President Donald Trump insisted Monday that if states continue with plans to move ahead with widespread mail-in voting, "you're never going to have a fair election," and said that he will "go by the election" when asked if he'll accept defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.
"I go by the election and with that being said, I have to tell you that if you go with this universal mail-in where you send millions of votes, in California tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, OK?" the president said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "Dogs are getting them, OK? People that have been dead for 25 years are getting them."
And when it comes to the election itself, "you have to see what's happening" and "you're never going to have a fair election" with mail-in ballots.
However, Trump said he does "totally support" absentee ballots, which voters have to request, as he has done in Florida.
Trump also said he would support "all of" the calls to extend voting times, including voting through the entire weekend, not just on one day, and he would support having National Guard troops being out to make polling places safer, while not supporting universal mail-in voting.
"We voted during World War I, we voted during World War II, we voted during many crises," said Trump. "I mean, we voted like nobody would believe we never had a problem and now we have problems ... I would be for opening more voting booths, where people actually come in and they say, 'Here is where I live.'"
But with the potential for issues with universal mail-in voting, "it's a terrible thing that's going on and they are going to get us into a mess and we'll be a laughingstock all over the world."
Trump also slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call for $25 billion to go to the Postal Service as part of the Democrats' coronavirus relief bill as a "con game."
Pelosi is calling on the House to return to session this week to vote on a measure that would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from making any changes that would affect mail-in voting for the November election, saying that it is crucial that lawmakers act before the Trump administration forces the Postal Service to make cuts that could "sabotage the election."
"The post office, there's $25 billion sitting there but they really want $1 trillion to bail out their badly-run states, like New York state, which is horribly run, like if you take a look at California, the money they lose, Illinois is a disaster, just a disaster," said Trump.
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