‘He believes he’s going to lose’: Cuomo says Trump is discrediting mail-in voting to remain in power

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By Peter Haskell

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired back at President Donald Trump on Thursday after the president claimed New York City’s mail-in ballot issues confirmed the election would be plagued by voter fraud.

“This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday.

The president spoke on the White House lawn as he departed for a campaign trip and discussed New York City’s issue with nearly 100,000 ballots being sent to voters in Brooklyn with the wrong names and addresses printed on the return envelopes.

“They’re all confused, all mixed up. Now they say they’re going to redo them,” Trump said. “What are they going to do with 100,000 ballots that have already been sent? This is exactly what I’m talking about.”

On Twitter, he continued, “WHAT HAPPENS TO, THE BALLOTS THAT WERE FIRST SENT? THEY WILL BE USED BY SOMEBODY. USA, END THIS SCAM - GO OUT AND VOTE!”

Gov. Cuomo, however, wasn’t having it and said the president is worried about the results of the upcoming election.

“He is discrediting the election because he believes he's going to lose,” Cuomo said.

The Democratic governor says he doesn’t believe Trump would discredit mail-in ballots if he thought they would result in his re-election.

“If you think you're going to win on Election Day, the last thing you want to do is cast aspersions on your victory,” Cuomo said.

The governor said the mail-in ballots are being fixed and will be sent to voters in Brooklyn. He says he thinks the president is exaggerating a small hiccup.

“Frankly, the New York City Board of Elections has a history that has been less than stellar performance, so yes, there will be glitches. He keeps highlighting them,” Cuomo said.

The governor believes President Trump is trying to undermine the system to maintain power.

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