With operations at the U.S. Postal Service stalling in the face of suppressed resources, President Donald Trump and his allies are continuing a campaign to sow mistrust of voting by mail only months ahead of an expected record number of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.
The Trump campaign and administration baselessly assert that mail-in ballots are rife with voter fraud, though no available evidence indicates this.
The President's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, continued to make this claim in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, even after Meadows was confronted with the lack of evidence.
When Tapper told Meadows that "there is no evidence" of widespread voter fraud, Meadows responded:
"There's no evidence that there's not either. That's the definition of fraud, Jake."
It didn't take long for Twitter to use Meadows's own logic against him.
Now would be a good time to note that Trump's own commission on voter fraud disbanded in 2018 after it couldn't find evidence of widespread voter fraud.
The Trump administration has repeatedly fought expanded absentee voting measures in multiple states, despite the pandemic-induced risks of waiting in long lines to vote in person.
With dwindling resources for the USPS—led by Postmaster General and top Trump donor Louis DeJoy—growing more and more apparent, people are widely concerned about the integrity of the election.
Political leaders are urging Americans to vote as early as possible to circumvent any delays in ballot delivery.