Fox News host Chris Wallace debunked President Trump’s claims that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud, arguing Friday “there really is no record of massive fraud or even serious fraud from mail-in voting.”
“I’ve done some deep dive in it, there really is no record of massive fraud or even serious fraud from mail-in voting,” the “Fox News Sunday” anchor told “America’s Newsroom” on Friday morning.
“It’s being carried out in Republican states, it’s being carried out in Democratic states, there’s no indication that mail-in voting as opposed to in person voting tends to favor one party over another,” Wallace said.
Chris Wallace pours cold water on Trump's mail-in voting lies
Wallace: "There really is no record of massive fraud, or even serious fraud from mail-in voting … When people get their ballots and mail them in themselves, no history of fraud at all." pic.twitter.com/4cyYDu26iu
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) May 22, 2020
When anchor Ed Henry asked if it was possible that a ballot mailed in could be swapped with another by someone receiving the mailed-in ballot, as Trump has suggested in recent days, Wallace was skeptical.
“What he’s saying is you can’t trust the U.S. mail,” Wallace replied. “I don’t know, that strikes me as kind of a reach here, and the history is that mail-in ballots are honest, and there was very little indication of fraud.”
“But when people get their ballots and mail them in themselves, no history of fraud at all,” Wallace later added.
Trump this week threatened to withhold federal funds from Michigan if state leaders decided to move forward with a mail-in voting plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
“Who knows who’s signing it? Who knows it gets to your house? Who knows if they don’t pirate?” Trump said on Thursday, offering a series of hypothetical problems during a listening session with African American leaders in Michigan. “Obviously there’s going to be fraud. We’re not babies.”