"I want an election and a result, much, much more than you," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I don't want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don't want to have to wait three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn't mean anything."
Trump cited recent media reports about potential problems with mail-in ballots arriving late and said it could take weeks, months or even years to sort it out. "Do I want to see a date change? No, but I don't want to see a crooked election," he said.
- Are you going to launch an effort to try to delay the election, or was that just a trial balloon this morning?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, what I want to explain to people, but it doesn't need much explanation-- I mean, you look at article after article. New York's mail vote disaster, tens of thousands of mail ballots have been tossed out in this year's primaries. What will happen in November? It's a mess.
This is done by "Washington Post." Can you believe it? The "Washington Post," of all papers. Fake news, but in this case it's not fake. It's true.
And I don't want to see an election-- you know, so many years I've been watching elections. And they say the projected winner or the winner of the election. I don't want to see that take place in a week after November 3, or a month. Or frankly, with litigation and everything else that can happen, years. You're sending out hundreds of millions of universal mail-in ballots, hundreds of millions.
Where are they going? Who are they being sent to? It's common sense. You don't have to know anything about politics. And the Democrats know this.
- But delaying the election is probably a non-starter. I mean, wouldn't you agree with that?
DONALD TRUMP: I just feel-- I don't want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn't mean anything. That's what's going to happen, Steve. That's common sense. And everyone knows it. Smart people know it. Stupid people may not know it. And some people don't want to talk about it. But they know it.
And, no, we want to have an election where people actually go in, and what's your name. My name is so-and-so. Boom, you sign the book like I've been doing for years. It's very, very unfair to our country. If they do this, our country will be a laughingstock all over the world because everyone knows it doesn't work.