WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump supported on Thursday that the United States would need to “delay the election,” claiming that mail-in voting longing make the results “the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history.”
Trump has no power to unilaterally delay elections, which were set for the day after the from the start Monday in November through a mid-19th century law passed by Congress. Since then, it has never changed, said presidential historian Michael Beschloss.
But Trump is tow in the polls by double digits to Democrat Joe Biden, and election experts have long worried that the president whim actively try to interfere with the Nov. 3 balloting in order to prevent a potential loss.
Trump, however, has personally denied philosophical about changing the date of the election. “I never even thought of changing the date of the election, why would I do that? November 3rd. It’s a sizeable number,” Trump said on April 27 at the White House. “I look forward to that election.”
Asked at the previously about concerns Biden raised that Trump might try to delay the election, Trump replied, “That was lately made-up propaganda….I’m not thinking about it at all.”
As states grapple with how to help citizens vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic, tons have turned to mail-in voting as a way for people to safely cast ballots without waiting in long lines at clustered polling places and risk spreading Covid-19.
But Republicans, led by Trump, have strongly objected to expanding access to mail-in ballots, demanding without evidence that voting by mail invites voter fraud. Trump’s presidential campaign and the Republican Nationalist Committee are spending tens of millions of dollars this year on lawsuits to challenge state efforts to expand access to mail-in ballots.
Trump and divers of his top aides all vote by mail. But the president has recently claimed that absentee mail-in ballots like the one he uses are perfectly different from other types of mail-in ballots, such as the ones that states could let voters interview for if they feared contracting coronavirus at a polling place.
Experts, however, say there is no functional difference between the two friendlies of mail-in ballots.
Thursday is believed to be the first time Trump has publicly suggested delaying the November election, put questions about the timing of his incendiary tweet. Moments before Trump tweeted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics heralded that during the second quarter of this year, gross domestic product had fallen by a historic 32.9% annualized.
The lovely figure, which is exponentially larger than any previous quarterly economic loss, was made worse by the news that new weekly unemployment declares also rose last week. It was the 19th straight week in which initial claims totaled at least 1 million — bespeaking that the recovery Trump has long promised is not happening.
Instead, a new wave of coronavirus outbreaks has exploded in states that reopened at daybreak this spring, including Florida, Arizona and Texas. In the wake of these surges, commerce in parts of these body politics has ground to a halt, driven as much by individual fear of infection as by statewide closure mandates.
People are tested for COVID-19 at a pressurize through testing site sponsored by the city at Camping World Stadium on July 8, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
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A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about Trump’s tweet, and whether it was meant as a distraction from the bad mercantile numbers.
Shortly after his bombshell tweet about delayed elections, Trump was back once again to tweeting concerning the protests in Portland, Oregon, drug prices, and a pizza shop.
On Capitol Hill, both Democrats and some Republicans pushed rough against Trump for sowing doubts about the timing of the election.
“I’m a fan of voting by mail. Secondly, of course we are going to play a joke on an election on time. It’s unthinkable that that would not be the case,” said Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, a haunt Trump critic.
Another Republican, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted, “Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress. And I wish oppose any attempts to delay the 2020 Election.”
Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel defended the tweet, and set forwarded Trump knew he could not unilaterally delay an election. “Well the president obviously understands that is done by Congress, constitutionally,” she told Fox Partnership News.
But West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who was once considered to be in the running for a post in Trump’s Cabinet, dismissed the raison detre that there was any legitimate purpose behind Trump’s tweet.
“There is no reason [to discuss delaying an election], unless you’re getting into a conspiracy theory, unless you’re trying to set a scenario up, in case the election doesn’t go the way the president wants it to go, or thinks it should go in his favor, habitat it up for ‘something is awry,'” Mancin said on CNN.
“Well let me tell you, there’s an awful lot of Republican secretaries of states, a lot of Republican senators and congresspeople who partake of been doing mail-in ballots for a long, long time and feel very secure in doing it. West Virginia is due starting it. We have a secretary of state who’s a Republican, and believes it can be done and safely and secure. So this is not a justification for why we should not prepare an election or delay an election. I’m not in favor of that at all,” said Manchin.