Even before his loss in the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump unleashed a smear campaign on the 100+ year old institution of voting by mail, anticipating an unprecedented number of pandemic-induced mail-in ballots.
After the election was called for now-President Joe Biden, Trump repeatedly lied that counting stations had "found" votes for Biden in the dead of night, when in reality, the mail ballots—which were more likely to lean Democrat thanks to Trump's smears against mail-in voting—were simply being counted.
Trump and his supporters worked to throw out as many mail ballots as possible and the former President only doubled down on his lies that Democrats somehow used mail voting to facilitate election fraud that delivered Biden a false victory.
Those lies eventually led to the deadly siege on the United States Capitol by pro-Trump extremists earlier this year.
Never one to show contrition, Trump is back home in Palm Beach, Florida which will soon hold its municipal elections.
In what his critics say is a master class in hypocrisy, Trump has requested a mail-in ballot, signaling he intends to cast his ballot by mail. The development was first reported by the Palm Beach Post.
Trump voted by mail in two Florida primaries last year, but because he was President at the time, he said he couldn't be at the ballot box in person, which according to him was the only time mail voting was permissible.
People weren't surprised by his hypocrisy.
Like obviously lol https://t.co/P6d0pSps2r— Give Ethan A Vote (@Give Ethan A Vote)1615241442.0
That’s rich. And of course he has. 🙄 https://t.co/8AcRJvb2Tn— Christine 😷💗🌊 (@Christine 😷💗🌊)1615240786.0
Of course https://t.co/xOGEcX9dXE— Richard Stuart (@Richard Stuart)1615238078.0
Ah yes of course he did 🙄 https://t.co/sFyKDOmfJR— Jen (@Jen)1615237110.0
That didn't stop them from calling him out
The hypocrisy is astounding. https://t.co/6whmEaSvyE— South Dakota Standard (@South Dakota Standard)1615237387.0
Funny how those mail-in ballots are not a concerning source of fraud isn't it? https://t.co/YpgYBuYLPX— Lynne RZ (@Lynne RZ)1615240628.0
HYPOCRITE https://t.co/aSffQv9P6f— Daniele Gaither 🍦😎💛💜🧡 (@Daniele Gaither 🍦😎💛💜🧡)1615237735.0
Others couldn't help but laugh.
mans said mail in was wrong just a few months ago😂😂 https://t.co/A2CNYNg2Dm— LB (@LB)1615240385.0
😷🇺🇸⚰️😹🤣😹🤣😹🤣😹🤣😹🤣😹🤣😹🤣😹⚰️🇺🇸😷 https://t.co/ljL43XIHsF https://t.co/rTDRFPi3LT— Sydney Linton (@Sydney Linton)1615237378.0
Fraud 😂 https://t.co/sysUKcIH7F— Apostle Ope (@Apostle Ope)1615235806.0
Florida is one of dozens of states where Republicans are looking to implement more voter suppression laws in the wake of their 2020 election loss.