The “Access Hollywood” segment, filmed as Trump trying to vote in the 2004 election, shows Trump alongside TV presenter Billy Bush visiting several New York polling stations. However, Trump is blocked from voting at every seat because he is not on any of the votes at every stop.
It can be seen that Trump is increasingly frustrated before declaring, “I’m going to fill the absent vote.”
The segment ends with Trump filling in what Bush describes as a provisional vote on his car.
“I just voted,” Trump denounced. “At least it can be said that the Trumpster is not giving up.”
The 16-year-old video has been circulating on social media and has garnered new attention following the president’s continued attacks on email voting.
These attacks, which often take partisan annoyance as the president has said he believes his party would be hurt by the email vote, escalated Thursday to the point that Trump floated behind the election, which legally does not. can do.
“With universal email voting (not absentee voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURE and FRAUDULENT election in history. It will be a great shame for the United States,”
; Trump riveted Thursday. “Do we delay the election until people can vote properly, safely and securely ???”
During a post-day press conference, Trump was asked to explain his motivations. At first, he suggested trying to avoid an elaborate counting process that could extend over days or weeks if a large number of voters cast ballots by email. But he finally acknowledged that his allegations could cast doubt on any outcome in November.
“What people are looking at now is … all these stories are right about the fact that these elections will be fraudulent, that they will be settled, fixed,” he said.
“Everyone is looking at it,” Trump added. “A lot of people say it will probably happen.”
Actually, there is no evidence that email voting leads to fraud. While there are rare cases of voter fraud by e-mail ballots, there is nowhere a widespread problem in the U.S. electoral system. The most recent example of email ballot fraud took place in the midterm elections in a race where a GOP activist in North Carolina was charged with multiple crimes in connection with a questionable absentee voting activity in a Congressional race on behalf of the Republican candidate. .
Email ballot fraud is extremely rare in part, because states have systems and processes in place to prevent counterfeiting, theft, and voter fraud. These systems would apply to both absentee ballots and email guidelines for state voters.
In addition, the president’s distinction between email voting and absentee voting has baffled experts who say these voting systems are essentially the same.
“Voting by no excuse or absentee voting, as they say, is essentially the same thing,” David Becker, founder of the Center for Non-Party Election Innovation and Research, told CNN earlier. “Request a vote, get a vote, vote, send it and there are protections in place. It doesn’t matter if you call it by mail or absent vote. It’s the same.”
Marshall Cohen, Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand, Kevin Liptak and Betsy Klein of CNN contributed to this report.