Trump Suggests Delaying 2020 Elections And Not Everyone Is Onboard

Trump Suggests Delaying 2020 Elections And Not Everyone Is Onboard

Irrespective of Trump's "feelings" about the voting process, he does not have the power to delay the 2020 elections unilaterally.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC Image Source: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

On July 30, Thursday morning, President Donald Trump proposed that this year's presidential elections, which is due to take place in November, be delayed. This unprecedented suggestion from the Republican candidate came as he complained about the universal mail-in voting not being "inaccurate" and "fraudulent." Irrespective of Trump's "feelings" about the voting process, he does not have the power to delay the 2020 elections unilaterally. With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote??? he tweeted


In light of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been rising calls for mail-in voting in the country. But Trump has been staunchly opposing the idea, saying it will only lead to fraud. Describing the process of voting in mail as a "catastrophic disaster," Trump previously tweeted: Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster. Even testing areas are way off. The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race. Even beyond that, there’s no accurate count!


The same day, he revealed how the "rigged" process turned out to be a disaster in New York. The claims of the mail-in voting being "fraudulent" come despite the fact that many of Trump's top aides have all been voted in through the same process in the past elections. New York Mail-In voting is in a disastrous state of condition. Votes from many weeks ago are missing - a total mess. They have no idea what is going on. Rigged Election. I told you so. Same thing would happen, but on massive scale, with USA. Fake News refuses to report! wrote Trump. FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub assured that the President does not hold the power to move the election, adding, "nor should it be moved." 


"Only Congress can change the date of our elections, and under no circumstances will we consider doing so to accommodate the President's inept and haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic," shared House Administration Zoe Lofgren, according to the Independant. When Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader and an ally of the President, was approached for a comment on Trump's tweet, he initially declined but during a later interview he said, "Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time, and we’ll find a way to do that again this 3 November."


After Trump posted his tweet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter and shared a passage of the Constitution. Responding to Trump's tweet, she wrote: Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states: “The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.” Even Senator Marco Rubio, who is also an ally of the President, brushed off claims of the upcoming elections being fraudulent. "We're going to have an election, it's going to be legitimate, it's going to be credible, it's going to be the same as it's always been," Mr. Rubio told reporters on Capitol Hill. 


According to CNBC, election experts have gauged that the tweets might be the President's attempts to interfere with the voting set to take place in November. The fact that Trump is trailing in polls by double digits to Democrat candidate Joe Biden makes this theory all the more plausible because we know that he would try and do everything in his power to prevent a potential loss. But Trump's recent statements are a stark contrast to his previous statements where he has personally denied thinking about changing the election date. "I never even thought of changing the date of the election, why would I do that? November 3rd. It’s a good number. I look forward to that election," he said on April 27. When asked about concerns raised by Biden that Trump may attempt to delay the elections, he said, "That was just made-up propaganda....I’m not thinking about it at all."


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