Pelosi: Republicans' 'purpose is to frighten people from voting'

Pelosi: Republicans' 'purpose is to frighten people from voting'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that Republicans’ “purpose is to frighten people from voting” as several members of the GOP have promoted the unfounded theory that mail-in voting opens up the election to fraud. 

Pelosi countered White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims MORE’s comments on CNN on Sunday that “there’s no evidence that there’s not” widespread voter fraud.

“Don’t pay any attention to them,” she said on MSNBC. “Their purpose is to frighten people from voting. The more chaos they can create, the more fear they can instill about ‘Well, your vote is not gonna count anyway.’”

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The also accused Republicans of aiming to “scare people” and called on Americans to “just ignore them.”

“You can’t let the other side kind of frame the climate in which the election will take place,” she said. “We will have vote by mail. It will be successful. We will not depend on the president to anoint it.”

"Don't pay attention to their scare tactics because that's a victory for them," she added.

Pelosi’s remarks come as lawmakers aim to address changes made to the U.S. Postal Service that have delayed mail delivery ahead of an election expected to have a record number of mail-in ballots. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE and his administration have advanced the narrative that mail-in voting will allow more voter fraud to take place, although existing evidence does not support their theory.