Hillary Clinton calls out Trump for voting by mail while also opposing it

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“Trump himself voted by mail, but spread lies and threats to prevent his fellow Americans from following the same option during an epidemic,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate wrote on Twitter. “Clearly, we will have to work this fall to protect secure access to the ballot box.”

Clinton’s criticism follows that of Trump threat on wednesday to withhold federal funding for Michigan after its Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) said all registered voters in the state would receive applications for absentee voting by mail this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Interruption: Michigan sends out ballots for the absence of 7.7 million people before the primary and general elections,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “This was done illegally and without the permission of a fraudulent secretary of state. I will ask that we keep the funding of Michigan if they want to go down this path of voter fraud! ”

Benson responded by noting that the state sent applications, not ballots.

Trump later tweeted that the state was sending “absentee ballots,” although he reiterated his claim that the decision was “illegal.”

Trump has often objected to expanding mail voting efforts. Democrats are pushing to expand these efforts amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s campaign spokesman Ken Farnazo defended the president’s criticism of efforts to vote by mail in response to Clinton’s tweet.

Farnaso said Clinton “must live in an alternate reality,” adding that there were “endless examples of voter fraud by mail order.”

“Democrats want to threaten the sanctity of our decentralized electoral system and hand it over to the federal government. “Nationalizing the agenda by postal vote will only violate the Constitution and take away the rights of the states,” he said.

The campaign also rejected Clinton’s tweet, explaining that Trump voted by absentee ballot “not to vote by mail.”

Updated at 4 p.m.