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Maxine Waters says Trump and Republicans will ‘lie, cheat and steal to stay in power’

DEMOCRATIC lawmaker Maxine Waters believes President Trump will "lie, cheat and steal" to win the election this November.

Waters, the House Financial Services Committee Chair, was responding Monday to an alleged "sabotage" on mail-in voting by Republicans.

The California Democrat questioned the appointment of Louis DeJoy, a Republican donor and Trump ally, to Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service.

"Trump put Postmaster DeJoy in charge of the postal service to dismantle the USPS & sabotage vote by mail. New procedures are causing massive delays,” Waters tweeted.

“Trump & Repubs don’t believe in free & fair elections. They’ll lie, cheat, & steal to stay in power," she added.

"We’ve got to fight back!”

Last week four Democrats wrote to DeJoy asking the Postmaster General to respond to widespread complaints about slow mail delivery in recent months, citing concerns mail-in ballots could be affected this November.

"It is essential that the Postal Service not slow down mail or in any way compromise service for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail – including significant numbers who will be relying on the Postal Service to exercise their right to vote,” the letter, signed by Gary Peters, top Democrat on the committee overseeing the Postal Service, along with Amy Klobuchar, Tom Carper and Charles Schumer, read.

As the coronavirus pandemic is predicted to impede in-person voting this November, when Trump will take on Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump has waged a war on mail-in voting.

The president floated delaying the election, and claimed widespread voting by mail could lead to "the most rigged election in history".

Trump warned "we may never know" the true outcome through such a voting process.

But voting fraud is rare - and Trump’s push for in-person voting during the pandemic contradicts guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which urges people to socially distance and to avoid crowds of more than 10 people.

Former President Barack Obama has also slammed Trump’s argument that postal votes would lead to widespread fraud.

He tweeted: “Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue - especially during a pandemic.

“Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.”

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