House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Morning Joe to discuss school re-openings, mail-in voting, the HEROES Act, and Trump’s suggestion that he might not accept the 2020 election results.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MSNBC: Madam Speaker, the stimulus discussion is one we can have, but I also wanted to continue on coronavirus and end up at the elections. Given the fix that we are in with this virus, and given that there are still hot spots across the country and resurgences of it, surges, frightening situations, people still dying, 12,000 cases a day on average in Florida for example, and the fix that we're in for reopening schools - so many problems - there's also going to be potentially, a lot of people voting by mail who will be too frightened to leave their homes if we are still in the fix that we are in with this virus. How secure is mail-in balloting? The president continues to undermine it with his words, saying that it's, you know, not accurate? That's it's easily you know, faulted by people and, you know, can be corrupted in some way even though most of the people in his administration have voted by mail, including him? And in the interview with Chris Wallace, he did not confirm whether he would leave, whether he would accept the results of the election if lost. What do you make of that?
SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Well that's a loaded question there about coronavirus, what we do about it but the fact is whether he knows it yet or not he will be leaving. Just because he might not want to move out of the White House doesn't mean we won't have an inauguration ceremony to inaugurate a dually elected president of the United States.
And the -- I just -- I'm second in line to the presidency, and just last week I had my regular continuation of government briefing. This might interest you because it's -- I say to them this is never going to happen, God willing it never will. But there is a process.
It has nothing to do with the certain occupant of the White House doesn't feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there because the presidency is the presidency -- it's not geography or location, so, so much for him. I wouldn't spend so much time on it.
That's a victory for him because then we're not talking about your first more important subject which is what are we going to do to stop this vicious virus that is making assault on our health, our -- again our lives, our livelihood, life of our democracy. In the Heroes Act we have $3.6 billion for vote by mail. This is very, very important.
It's what is needed in our country, and it has bipartisan support throughout the country. Secretaries of State and other auspices for under which elections take place are calling for the resources. They don't want any barriers to it.
We have some additions we'd like which is every registered voter gets to vote by mail with return posted paid that those who don't want to can go and vote but in a safe way with a lot of time leading up and lot of location so that people are not crowded into it. This is simple. It's -- when I say simple we know what we need to do.
Again, ignore what the president has to say, he doesn't know what he's talking about, once again, when he talks about any problems with vote by mail. I was State Party Chair 30 -- more than 30 years ago before I was a member of Congress. And we would win it on - Joe knows this, well, it was before his time too. But we would win on Election Day and the Republicans would come raging in with the absentee ballots so they know how to do this and they've done it for a long time. But this is no longer just a democracy issue, this is a health issue. And if they can't face that reality then all the more reason for us to get that money so that we can make it happen in a healthy way for our country. The way our soldiers vote, our overseas voters.