President Donald Trump on Aug. 4 pointed to the groundwork established during the terms of two Republican governors to explain why he backs voting by mail in Florida.
After months of vehement opposition to mail-in voting, Trump changed course on Tuesday and recommended that people vote by mail in Florida. Asked about the sudden change of mind at a briefing later in the day, the president said the Sunshine state has worked out a “very good” system over many years.
“So Florida has got a great Republican governor, and it had a great Republican governor. Its got Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott—two great governors. And over a long period of time, theyve been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally. Florida is different from other states,” Trump told reporters during a White House briefing.
“So, in the case of Florida, theyve done a great job and theyve had tremendous success with it. But theyve been doing this over many years, and theyve made it really terrific,” the president added.
Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Floridas Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2020
In 2018, Trump had repeatedly criticized the management of the election in Floridas Broward County, calling it “an embarrassment to our Country and to Democracy!”
Trump compared the Florida system to the one established in Nevada on Aug. 3, just three days after Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) called an emergency session to rush through a mail-in voting measure.
“I mean, in Nevada, where you have a governor—he said, Lets just send out millions of ballots, and the Post Office cannot be prepared; I havent spoken to the Post Office about it, but I dont know how they could possibly be prepared,” the president said.
Trump threatened to sue Nevada over the mail-in voting measure, which includes a provision that hands the power to manage an election in case of an emergency to the governor, rather than the secretary of state.
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