The president has made frequent unsubstantiated claims that the American elections are full of electoral fraud, and he said he lost the referendum in the 2016 election due to fraudulent ballots. Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Election fraud is extremely rare in the United States and there was no evidence that mass fraud occurred in the 2016 race.
“I have to be careful with these ballots. Look at these ballots. I don’t like it. You know, you have a Democratic governor, you have all these Democrats watching this stuff. I don’t like it,” Trump said on one Rally in Winston-Salem Tuesday evening.
“Watch out,” he continued. “Be an election watcher if you go there. Watch all the thieves and thefts and robberies they do. Because that matters. We win North Carolina, we win.”
The incendiary rhetoric and encouragement of its supporters to face Democrats on election day comes at a time of increasing political violence, with clashes between Trump supporters and left-wing protesters in Oregon and Wisconsin, which has resulted in arrests, assaults and multiple deaths in recent weeks.
At the North Carolina rally on Tuesday – his third state visit in as many weeks – the president also instructed the crowd of thousands: “Make sure you send the ballot and then go to your polling station and make sure it counts. Make sure it counts because the only way you can win is by doing very bad things. That’s the only way. “
Trump also tried to draw a line between requested and unsolicited postal ballot papers, suggesting that requested ballot papers are more secure. A distinction is only made in the means with which you acquire the ballot yourself.
“Well, they’re going to go out and vote and they have to check their vote by going to the polls and voting that way because if it’s tabulated they won’t be able to.” Do that, “Trump told a local North Carolina news station on Wednesday.” So let them send it in and vote, and if the system is as good as they say then they obviously can’t vote. If it is not tabulated, they cannot vote. “So it is to vote. And that is exactly what they should do.”
It is a federal crime to vote twice in the same election, and it is also a crime in almost all states, including North Carolina.
Trump also addressed the possibility of a voter’s postal vote being tabulated after they have voted in person.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNN in a statement Friday: “President Trump encourages supporters to vote early via email and then appear in person at the election or at the local registrar to see if her vote has already been counted. ” “”
CNN’s DJ Judd, Dianne Gallagher, Caroline Kelly, Marshall Cohen and Brian Rokus contributed to this report.