However, Pelosi said that Democrats will attempt to focus on changes that were made to the U.S. Postal Service in recent days and “Russian interference.”
“Of course. But that doesn’t mean that we will not shout out against his initiatives, whether it’s to tie up the Postal Service so that we will not have the opportunity for people to vote by mail, to not having to choose between their health and their vote,” Pelosi told CNN. “It doesn’t mean that we ignore the Russian interference into our election and they try to cloak it by saying, ‘Well, we look at many countries.’ No, the Russians 24/7 are interfering into our election.”
Without evidence, Pelosi said that Trump “welcomes it,” apparently referring to Russian interference. Trump has long said that he has not colluded with the Kremlin while former special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that his campaign colluded with Russia in 2016.
Last month, the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center said China, Russia, and Iran are attempting to undermine the 2020 election. However, the agency placed special emphasis on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), saying that Beijing is ramping up its efforts to shape American policy and is pressuring political figures while countering criticism of the regime.
“It isn’t a question of accepting the result. The question is, is making sure the public knows that they must vote, they must have a plan to vote, they must vote early because their playbook is one that has all kinds of obstacles to participation in our country,” she said.
Pelosi on Sunday called on people to ignore Trump’s comments that sought to downplay the security of mail-in voting.
“The best thing, all the time, is to ignore what he has to say, because it has no association with fact, validity or truth,” Pelosi said. “He may have his bully pulpit, but we have the American people and we’ll make sure they turn out to vote.”
Trump, in recent months, said that mail-in voting—designed to curb the spread of the CCP virus—in November could lead to widespread voter fraud and delays.
On Saturday, the House of Representatives approved a measure to allocate $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service and ban operational changes that slowed deliveries in recent weeks. The White House has threatened to veto the measure.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday on Fox News that the USPS bill is “going absolutely nowhere” and is merely meant to send a political message.
“It has everything to do with a political statement,” Meadows added. “Here’s how I know. Because in the privacy of the negotiating room, I offered $10 billion plus reforms for the Postal Service that actually they’ve been asking for for a long time, to Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.”