The latest far-left conspiracy theory about President Donald Trump went mainstream on Monday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., claimed on CNN that he believed the president was “setting up” a plan to challenge the 2020 election results… if he lost.
Cuomo said that Trump’s concerns about increased fraud levels from mail-in voting is part of a Republican conspiracy to potentially overturn the results of a fair election in November.
“I think this is a setup, I think they’re going to lose the election,” Cuomo said. “I think they’re gonna claim fraud and they’re going to go back to these states with the mail-in voting and they’re going to use that as an argument. I just hope they don’t do that.”
Trump has warned that fraud would be “historic” if mail-in voting were adopted across the country, and added that foreign powers could try to print their own ballots.
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Cuomo claimed that Trump’s concerns meant he wouldn’t accept the results of a close election.
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“We need a definitive result in November,” Cuomo said. “We can not have a situation where one side says well I didn’t really lose.”
“I’m sorry to say that and it may sound cynical, but after watching this administration sometimes cynicism is merited,” Cuomo added.
Increased mail-in voting during 2020 primaries — many already delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic — has already caused a number of issues, Republicans have pointed out.
Overwhelmed Kentucky and New York officials faced a deluge of mail-in votes Tuesday. That will delay results for days after high-profile contests testing if establishment Democratic congressional candidates can withstand challengers fueled by far-left fury.
There was particular concern about how voting might play out in Louisville, Kentucky. The state’s largest city and hometown of a serious challenger for the Democratic nomination for the Senate, Louisville — population nearly 600,000 — had just one in-person polling place.
Like other states, Kentucky and New York have made it easier for voters to cast ballots by mail. That is likely to mean delayed election results caused by a perfect storm — far more mail-in votes than usual and ballot-counting procedures that haven’t been adjusted to handle them.
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Kentucky has been overwhelmed by such an increase in mail ballots that the state’s two biggest counties, Jefferson and Fayette, aren’t planning to release results election night, said Secretary of State Michael Adams. Jefferson County is home to Louisville.
Kentucky typically receives few mail ballots, but expects them to account for the majority of votes this time. With the state now allowing any registered voter to vote by mail, more than 400,000 mail ballots were returned as of Sunday. All received by Saturday will be counted.
New York officials expect the vast majority of votes to be mail ballots this year, compared to their typical 5% share. Counties have until eight days after Election Day to count and release the results of mail ballots, with 1.7 million requested by voters.
Already this year, problems like long lines and lost mail-in ballots have plagued elections in Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article