News ID: 273874
Published: 0239 GMT September 07, 2020

Pelosi: Trump 'engaged in fright and fear' in efforts to 'discredit' voters

Pelosi: Trump 'engaged in fright and fear' in efforts to 'discredit' voters

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that President Donald Trump is using “fright and fear” in efforts to “discredit” the integrity of the upcoming election in the eyes of voters.

MSNBC’s María Teresa Kumar asked Pelosi about Trump’s efforts to “stall the election,” The Hill reported.

“He's encouraging the voters to vote twice. He's making sure that the intelligence – you don't get the intelligence briefings live. What does that signal to you?” Kumar asked.

“What it signals is that he's engaged in fright and fear, as usual,” Pelosi responded. “And what we're saying to people is ‘Do not pay any attention to what he is saying. He wants to discredit your vote.’ We understand what he's about. We intend to mitigate for the damage that he's causing. And we're doing so with an aggressive get out the vote.”

Trump last week suggested his supporters attempt to vote twice in the November election to ensure their ballot is counted. It is illegal for voters to intentionally vote twice in an election.


Sanders’ warning


Also on Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders warned that Trump may not concede if he loses the general election in November.

“This is not just idle speculation,” Sanders told Politico. “Trump was saying … ‘the only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election.’ Now he is making that statement at a time when virtually every national poll has him behind.”

The former presidential hopeful pointed to comments Trump made during the GOP convention last month.

In a July interview with FOX News’s Chris Wallace, Trump also said he’ll “have to see” if he would accept the results in November.

"I have to see. Look, you – I have to see,” Trump said. “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time, either.”

Trump has also suggested delaying the presidential election and claimed without evidence that mail voting leads to fraud.

Sanders later elaborated on this point through a series of tweets.

“We also must consider what happens if Trump loses but refuses to abide by the results and does everything he can to hold onto power,” he said.

Sanders also told Politico that he’s planning a series of actions to raise awareness of the prospect of Trump not leaving office.

“What we have got to do in the next two months is to alert the American people about what that nightmarish scenario might look like in order to prepare them for that possibility and talk about what we do if that happens,” he said.



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