White House's McEnany also votes by mail, slams voting by mail

Grant Boone
May 29, 2020

"Sure, I can vote by mail", Trump declared. The president, apparently fearing the consequences of expanding voting access in his own country, has nevertheless become increasingly strident about condemning the same voting method he supports for himself.

Kayleigh McEnany, Donald Trump's new press secretary who opposes equal marriage and trans-inclusive bathrooms, has been caught out in a lie about election fraud.

According to reporting from The Tampa Bay Times, McEnany has voted by mail 11 times since 2010. Most recently, she voted by mail in the state's March 2020 presidential primary, just as Trump did after he made Florida his new permanent home. "But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud".

In April, when Trump began his strong pushback against the idea of mail-in voting for citizens fearful of contracting coronavirus by having to vote in person, the president wrongly asserted the practice was rife with "cheaters".

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By way of an explanation, McEnany issued a statement this afternoon that read, "Absentee voting has the word absent in it for a reason". When confronted with the fact that he was among Florida's absentee voting participants, Trump said it was okay for him to do because he lived far away.

The White House press secretary replied, "Look, if you're going to get into the fact-checking business, there's no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things". The debate is less about the act itself, and more about the motivation and reasoning behind the act. "Every American is entitled to vote the way that I did if you are someone who is working out of state, that your domicile is in a different state, you are absolutely entitled to request an absentee ballot and to cast your ballot by mail".

"If there's any president out there who should be fact-checked, any political leader who should be fact-checked, isn't it President Trump?".

There have been around 250 million ballots cast by mail since 2000, and in 2016 and 2018, around 25 per cent of Americans who voted did so by mail.

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