A video of Donald Trump from 2004 that was recorded by ‘Access Hollywood’ has resurfaced and shows Trump struggling to vote in-person before giving up and declaring that he will fill out an absentee ballot. The video has resurfaced just as Trump has once again attacked mail-in-voting.
The segment was filmed as Trump attempted to vote in the 2004 election. Trump travels to the polls with host Billy Bush. They visit several New York City polling locations only to be turned away because he is not on the voter rolls.
Trump becomes frustrated as he continues to get rejected then declares “I’m going to fill out the absentee ballot.”
The video ends with Trump and Bush in the car as he fills out the provisional ballot.
“I just voted,” Trump can be heard saying. “At least you can say the Trumpster doesn’t give up.”
The video made the rounds on social media and gained so much attention because of Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting.
Trump has stated that his party would be damaged by mail-in voting. He has gone as far as suggest on Twitter that he will postpone the presidential election because mail-in voting will result in fraud. Legally Trump cannot postpone the elections.
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely, and safely vote???”
Later in the day during a press briefing, Trump was asked about his tweet. At first, he attempted to suggest that he was only trying to avoid a drawn-out counting process. But in the end, he acknowledged that his allegations could create doubt about the outcome of the November election.
“What people are now looking at is … are all these stories right about the fact that these elections will be fraudulent, they’ll be fixed, rigged,” he said. “Everyone is looking at it,” Trump added. “A lot of people are saying that probably will happen.”
There is no evidence to support Trump’s claims that mail-in voting could lead to fraud.
Mail ballot fraud is exceedingly rare because states have systems and processes in place to prevent forgery, theft, and voter fraud.
Experts are baffled by Trump’s distinction between mail-in voting and absentee voting because they are essentially the same thing.
“No-excuse mail voting or absentee voting — whatever you call it — is essentially the same thing,” David Becker, founder of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research told CNN. “You request a ballot, you get a ballot, you vote, you send it in, and there are protections in place. It doesn’t matter whether you call it mail voting or absentee voting. It’s the same thing.”
You can view the video below.