President Donald Trump Thursday blamed the stalemate on the stimulus bill talks on Democrats and their push for billions of dollars to ensure the United States Postal Service will be able to handle mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
"They want $3.5 billion dollars for something that will turn out to be fraudulent," Trump told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo. "That's election money, basically. They want $25 billion dollars for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. Now, in the meantime, they aren't getting there."
But if the deal is not reached on the coronavirus bill, "That means they don't get the money," Trump said. "That means they can't have universal mail-in voting. They just can't have it. So it's sort of a crazy thing."
But without those two items, Trump said, "you can't have universal mail-in voting because they're not equipped."
"They want $25 billion for the post office because the post office is going to have to go to town to get these ridiculous ballots in," said Trump. "You know, there's nothing wrong with getting out and voting. You get out and vote. They voted during World War I and World War II."
In California, he added, "they're sending out tens of millions of ballots. They have no idea where they're going or maybe they do. Maybe they'll go to everybody but Republicans."
But there are "so many lawsuits out there" challenging mail-in voting, but if it proceeds "this will be the greatest fraud in history. This will be almost as fraudulent as [former President Barack] Obama spying on my campaign, but not quite."
Trump also commented on the upcoming debates, saying that the only issue is that there should be at least one debate before ballots start going out.
"People are voting without seeing the debate," said Trump. "I think [we] should move one forward or have an extra one put in. I want to do debates [but] they are trying to get out of debates. There is no question about that."
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