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Reporters Challenge Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany On Donald Trump’s Mail-In Ballot Tweets: “The President Clearly Said Things … That Are Not True”

Reporters Challenge Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany On Donald Trump’s Mail-In Ballot Tweets: “The President Clearly Said Things … That Are Not True”



    As the White House was drafting an executive order on actions on social media sites, reporters at Thursday's press conference concentrated on Donald Trump's new cause of discontent: Twitter's decision to place fact-check links to two of the president's tweets about mail-in ballots in California.

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    Trump said in two tweets earlier this week that "there's NO WAY (ZERO!) that mail-in ballots will be anything other than significantly fraudulent. Mailboxes would be stolen, ballots fabricated and even illegally printed out, and signed fraudulently.

    The Governor of California sends ballots to millions of people, whoever lives in the state, whoever they are or how they got there, I'll get one. This will be continued by specialists telling all these people, many of whom have never even thought about voting before or for whom to vote. It will be rigged choices. No way!"
    Twitter then provided links to checking facts about Trump's claims, explaining that claims may "confuse voters with what they must do to get a ballot paper and participate in the electoral process."

    During the briefing, ABC News chief correspondent Jonathan Karl asked press secretary Kayleigh McEnany about tweets. "The president has clearly said in these tweets things that are not true. Don't you recognize that?   
    She replied, "No, I don't recognize it."
    Then Karl interjected: "You said, for example, the Governor of California is sending out ballot papers to millions of people who live in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there. That's not true. California sends ballots to registered voters, not anyone. This is simply not true. "
    McEnany then took the opportunity to address the issue of postal voting in general.
    She quoted the Pew study, which showed that "there are many reasons to believe in a mass mail system, there is a scam." She also pointed to cases of correspondence voting in Nevada "gathering in housing complexes outside of Las Vegas housing complexes, sitting in trash bins. Is this how we protect ballot papers? This is amazing. "The author of the Pew study, David Becker, wrote in 2016, in the year it was published," We found millions of outdated registration records due to removal or death,   


    but found no evidence of voter fraud "according to The Washington Post. Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent wrote on Thursday that Las Vegas voters' claims are exaggerated.
    McEnany also cited examples in other states.
    "And somehow in County L.A. 112% of County L.A. are registered to vote, "she said. "The problem is that when you don't clean your register, and when you automatically send your ballots, they will go to the garbage cans, like in Nevada. They are cheating. "

    But Karl was asking about Trump's assertion that the vote would go to "everyone who lives in the state," not just registered voters.

    "I asked you a specific question," Karl adds that "sending cards to everyone in the state" is a false statement. "Will the president fix it, admit that what he said is simply not true?"
    McEnany then insisted that California Governor Gavin News issue an ordinance that would "automatically send" ballots,   
    and "it would lead to the president's suggestion."
    Karl again noted that California is sending ballots to registered voters, not "anyone," as Trump said in his tweet.
    "Not for everyone. It's for registered voters - said, Karl.

    She replied: "Yes, everyone, including those who died on voter lists, including the mysterious 12% in County L.A. It's not just everyone, it's everyone plus an additional 12%. The media are very concerned about the security of our elections, but when it comes to voting mail, suddenly the concern about the security of elections is simply blurred. "    
    Later, McEnany denied that Trump tried to challenge the November election.

    Trump is expected to sign the order on Thursday afternoon.   

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