‘Disaster Of Our Time’: Trump Says Exclusively Mail-In Election Would Lead To ‘Rigged Election’

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The integrity of the 2020 presidential election is at stake if Democratic-majority states choose to implement elusive mail-in voting options.

The coronavirus lockdowns and worries of a potential second-wave coming in the fall time have some politicians speculating the election this November would be done from the comfort of voters’ homes.

But, Attorney General William Barr said this is not a good idea as it “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud.”

Breitbart News reports the comments were made during a segment on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo.

The host opened the segment quoting Devin Nunes, who previously said: “There is not a more important issue than this issue. The American people are being censored. Conservatives are being censored. The information flowing to the American people is being censored. Are you worried about this going into the election?”

“Yes, I am worried about censorship,” Barr answered via the report. “I’m worried about a number of things going into the election, one, the censorship of robust debate. I’m also worried about undermining the public confidence in the integrity of the elections.”

In a tweet, Trump echoed the comments of his attorney general.

“This will be the Election disaster of our time. Mail-In Ballots will lead to a RIGGED ELECTION!” he tweeted.

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Breitbart News reports Barr said the country is currently divided and losing integrity on something as important as the presidential election could cause further damage.

“The thing we have going for us, especially when there’s intense division in the country, is that we have peaceful transfers of power. And our way of resolving it is to have an election,” he said. “But when government, state governments start adopting these practices like mail-in ballots that open the floodgates of potential fraud, then people’s confidence in the outcome of the election is going to be undermined.”

Barr continued: “And that could take the country to a very dark place, if we lose confidence in the outcomes of our elections. So, that, the censorship — the censorship has a number of effects. It also — free speech, being able to get your viewpoint out, is a release. It takes some of the pressure out. If people are prevented from expressing their views, that’s where you start getting extremism. And so the more ventilating of viewpoints we have, the healthier it is for our country.”

The attorney general said mail-in voting was susceptible to physical tampering as well as a general lack in confidence in the process.

Barr said:

Well, it absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud. Those things are delivered into mailboxes. They can be taken out. There’s questions about whether or not it even denies a secret ballot, because a lot of the states have you signing the outside of the envelope. So, the person who opens — person who opens the envelope will know how people voted. There’s no — right now, a foreign country could print up tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots, and be very hard for us to detect which was the right and which was the wrong ballot. So, I think it can — it can upset and undercut the confidence in the integrity of our elections. If anything, we should tighten them up right now.