Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday night that his campaign has gathered a group of 600 lawyers and more than 10,000 volunteers to fight against possible “chicanery” in the November election, as the candidate warns that President Donald Trump could interfere with the election to ensure his victory.
- Biden said at a fundraiser Wednesday night that his campaign has “put together 600 lawyers” and a team of volunteers, who will “[go] into every single state to try to figure out whether chicanery is likely to take place.”
- The presidential candidate said his campaign will “fight any effort to exploit the pandemic for political purposes, support the countless state and local officials working like hell to make voting safe and accessible for citizens, especially the most vulnerable, or call out local rules that don’t adequately ensure access to vote.”
- Biden said more than 10,000 volunteers had already signed up to aid in the effort, and the campaign is “in the process of getting into the states in question to train them to be in a polling place.”
- Biden has repeatedly stressed that he’s concerned Trump will interfere with the election to ensure his victory or will simply refuse to accept the election results, saying on The Daily Show in June that his “single greatest concern” is that “this president is going to try to steal this election.”
The Trump campaign has hit back against Biden’s new legal team, with senior political adviser and counsel Justin Clark claiming in a statement that Biden “is lying and fear-mongering.” “Democrats are the ones trying to fundamentally change how we vote,” Clark said. “They are inserting chaos and confusion into our voting process because it is the only way they can win.”
Trump and his allies have ramped up their attacks on mail-in voting in the lead-up to the November election, which Trump has already claimed without evidence will be “rigged” because of voter fraud. (Voter fraud in mail-in voting is extremely rare, evidence has shown.) The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee have launched a multimillion dollar legal campaign to stop Democrats from broadening access to mail-in voting during the pandemic, and the campaign recently filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania against the state’s practice of using drop boxes for mail-in ballots. “My biggest risk is that we don’t win lawsuits,” Trump told Politico in June about his reelection chances. Beyond the legal challenges, holding elections amid the pandemic has resulted in logistical threats to voter access that will need to be overcome in November, with recent primary elections suffering from such issues as closed polling locations, long lines, poll worker shortages and missing absentee ballots. The threat of foreign election interference has also not waned in 2020, with intelligence officials reportedly warning lawmakers in February that Russia is interfering in the November election with an eye toward helping Trump.