William Barr slams Democrats saying Trump will 'seize power', says voters can 'pay off postman' for mail-in ballot

In a Chicago radio interview, the attorney-general said, 'A secret vote prevents selling and buying votes, so, now we're back in the business of selling and buying votes'

                            William Barr slams Democrats saying Trump will 'seize power', says voters can 'pay off postman' for mail-in ballot
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Attorney General William Barr on Monday, September 14, lashed out at the Democrats saying they were instigating mob violence in cities across the country while speaking out against mail-in voting and ridiculed the apprehension that President Donald J Trump will “seize power and all that s**t” if he loses the presidential election scheduled less than 50 days from now. 

Speculation is rife that the maverick GOP president will not vacate the White House even if he loses the battle against Democratic opponent Joe Biden. While Trump’s own words that he deserves a third term have added to the speculation, other incidents like him warning to put down “insurrection” if there were any in the night of the election or Assistant HHS Secretary Michael Caputo floating the conspiracy theory that Left-wing hit squads were being prepared for armed insurrection have made the pre-poll period tense. A few months ago, Biden warned that the military will step in to escort Trump out of the White House if he did not vacate even after losing

People gather in protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as the city experiences another night of unrest on July 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Getty Images)

Speaking in an interview with WGN Radio, Chicago, Barr claimed the city is “out of control” in the wake of a recent spike in violent crime and alleged the city “provides multiple opportunities for corruption”. His words were in alignment with Trump who has repeatedly slammed the Democratic authorities in various cities and states that have seen protests erupting in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Barr lashes out at mail-in voting

The veteran’s harshest criticism was, however, stored for mail-in voting. According to Barr, 70, it nullifies the idea of the secret ballot and leaves the voters vulnerable to influence and creates a possibility whereby ballots can be bought. “All of that is gone with mail-in voting. There’s no secret vote. You have to associate the envelope in the mailing and the name of who's sending it in, with the ballot. There’s no more secret vote with mail-in vote. A secret vote prevents selling and buying votes. So now we're back in the business of selling and buying votes,” he added. “Capricious distribution of ballots means (ballot) harvesting, undue influence, outright coercion, paying off a postman, here's a few hundred dollars, give me some of your ballots,” the AG said. 

Barr, whose name recently made the headlines​ following the sudden resignation of an attorney assisting John Durham in the review of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, said: “Just think about the way we vote now. You have a precinct, your name is on a list, you go in and say who you are, you go behind a curtain, no one is allowed to go in there to influence you, and no one can tell how you voted.”

'They are creating an incendiary situation'

Barr also accused the liberals of creating an “incendiary situation” where the electoral arrangement will lose credibility after some alleged the president will refuse to vacate the office in case he loses to Biden. 

“You know liberals project. All this bullsh*t about how the president is going to stay in office and seize power? I've never heard of any of that c**p. I mean, I'm the attorney general. I would think I would have heard about it,” Barr said, adding: “They are projecting. They are creating an incendiary situation where there will be loss of confidence in the vote.”

“Someone will say the president just won Nevada. "Oh, wait a minute! We just discovered 100,000 ballots! Every vote will be counted!" Yeah, but we don’t know where these freaking votes came from,” the AG said, supporting what the Trump has been fearing to come true.

"As an attorney general, I'm not supposed to get into politics," Barr said, before saying the US had reached a choice that could take them toward Socialism if Trump fails to win. 

"I think we are getting into a position where we're going to find ourselves irrevocably committed to a socialist path. And I think if Trump loses this election, that will be the case. In other words, I think now there's a clear fork in the road for our country," he said.