Attorney General William Barr stated that Democratic lawmakers are "playing with fire" by putting forth bills that would allow Americans to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential election amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Barr appeared on Fox News Thursday evening, suggesting that mail-in voting was not only "grossly irresponsible," but that it would undermine the integrity of the upcoming presidential election. He shared with Sean Hannity that the prospect of mail-in voting was "reckless and wrong."
"To do this when we're a closely divided country as we are is playing with fire in my view," Barr said.
The attorney general said: "Yes, I think it is grossly irresponsible to be doing what the Democratic Party is doing now. We've had very close races in recent history. The country is divided."
"If anything we should be ensuring the integrity of our elections so that government going forward will be legitimate and be accepted as legitimate. The idea of conducting elections by wholesale mail-in ballots is reckless and wrong."
Barr has echoed President Donald Trump's sentiment, who suggested that China and Russia could possibly swoop up "plenty" of ballots amid the 2020 election.
"This whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that's a rigged election waiting to happen," Trump said.
"It's rigged and everyone knows it, because you can't send out 60 million mail-in ballots to everybody... who knows who's getting them?"