Trump Endorsed Voter Suppression. Poll Watching Is Something Else Entirely - 2020-09-30
One of the easiest questions President Trump was asked during Tuesday night's debate was if he would commit to not declare victory until the election results were independently certified. If the president were wearing an earpiece (and if he and his campaign weren't actively trying to steal the election), this is when one of his advisers might have instructed him to "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE JUST SAY YES AND MOVE ON!"
Instead, Trump ignored the question and launched into a plea for his supporters to swarm the polls to make sure Democrats aren't tampering with ballots — or whatever he's trying to convince people is happening. "I urge my supporters to go to the polls and watch very carefully, because that's what has to happen," Trump said.
He went on to complain that his supporters were thrown out of the polls in Philadelphia earlier on Tuesday because of the "bad things" happening in the city. In reality, the Trump campaign does not have anyone approved to watch polls in Philadelphia, where mail-in votes are currently being processed at satellite election offices that also offer voter services. Trump's supporters who stormed these offices were forced to leave, as no votes were actually being cast on the premises. "They're called poll watchers," Trump griped. "A very safe, very nice thing."