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Comedian Sarah Cooper rips into Trump attacks on mail-in voting

Comedian Sarah Cooper on Thursday ripped into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE’s recent attacks on mail-in voting during a Democratic National Convention segment, describing Trump’s comments as “unhinged.”

“I’ve heard Donald Trump say some pretty unhinged things, I’ve heard them over and over and over again, but nothing is more dangerous to our democracy than his attacks on mail-in voting during a pandemic,” Cooper, who is known for lip-syncing Trump in viral videos, said during the convention. 

“Here’s the truth: Donald Trump doesn’t want any of us to vote because he knows he can’t win fair and square,” Cooper added. “So whether you plan to vote by mail or in person wearing your mask, it is your vote and it’s your right. Don’t let Donald Trump take that away from you.”

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Cooper was also featured lip-syncing Trump’s negative comments on mail-in voting, including comments detailing unsubstantiated concerns that ballots could be stolen from mail boxes or forged. 

Trump has repeatedly voiced concerns over mail-in voting, citing unsubstantiated concerns around voter fraud, and critics have accused Trump of withholding support for funding the Postal Service in order to hurt the mail-in voting process. 

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“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted in July. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

Despite these concerns, Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE both requested mail-in ballots for Florida’s primary election this week.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) joined Cooper on Thursday in speaking out in favor of the safety and security of mail-in ballots, with both officials strongly criticizing Trump for undermining public confidence in the process. 

“Let’s talk about this election: despite what he says, Donald Trump can’t cancel it, but he and Republicans are making it too hard to cast their ballots, and now he’s attacking vote by mail to distract and confuse voters,” Padilla said.

“Our job is to make sure everyone can vote safely, whether in person or by mail, and your job is to make sure you vote,” Padilla added. “Election results may take a little longer this year, but Democrats will fight to make sure your ballots are counted.”

Benson pointed to successful elections prior to 2020 in Oregon, Utah, and Colorado — states where the majority of voters have cast mail-in ballots for years — in pushing back against concerns around mail-in voting. 

“Republicans and Democrats agree, it is safe,” Benson said. “Remind everyone you know to make a plan to vote ... at the end of the day, the biggest role in preserving our democracy isn’t ours, it’s yours.”