ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden giving stiff-arm to press interviews Yellen confident of minimum global corporate tax passage in Congress Democratic lawmakers, Yellen defend Biden on the economy MORE pushed back on Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller’s assertions about mail-in voting, a frequent target of the president and his campaign.
“I think It’s a little disingenuous for [Sen.] Bernie [Sanders (I-Vt.)] and the rest of the Democrats to be making so much noise on this. They weren’t trying to do this in February or March or April or May,” Miller said, referring to expanded mail-in voting, on ABC’s “This Week.” “They’re trying to change the rules and institute something that normally takes five to 10 years to put in place and rush it through in only five to 10 weeks.”
“The Democrats did take action earlier in the spring,” Stephanopoulos pointed out. “The House passed a $25 billion emergency funding bill for the Postal Service.”
Miller in response cited a case in Paterson, N.J., in which state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D) charged four people, including a city councilman and councilman-elect, with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots in June. President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE has also frequently cited the case.
Miller also cited the Democratic primary for New York’s 12th Congressional District, where it took more than a month to certify Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyTrump company in late-stage talks to sell DC hotel: report Trump Hotel lost more than M during presidency, say documents Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Dip in COVID-19 cases offer possible sign of hope MORE (D) as the winner.
“When the votes are thrown out, that shows that the system is working. It shows that votes that could have been fraudulent ... get taken out,” Stephanopoulos responded.
Jason Miller points to NY's 12th Congressional District race in argument against mail-in voting.@GStephanopoulos: “When the votes are thrown out that shows that the system is working. It shows that votes that could have been fraudulent … get taken out” https://t.co/eL0dLgyWV3 pic.twitter.com/lrcTfUT1gr— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 16, 2020
“It takes a long time for states to be able to put this together safely and securely,” Miller said. “Going to rush this through is a disaster waiting to happen.”
“They could be doing it better if you didn’t have problems with the Postal Service and if the president would agree to new funding,” Stephanopoulos responded.
Miller again blamed congressional Democrats in response.