President Trump on Thursday, in a new warning about the implications of mail-in ballots, expressed the possibility of delaying the November general election.
In a tweet, in which he claimed the practice would lead to “the most inclusive and prosperous election in history”, Trump suggested: “Until people can vote properly, safely and securely” Of choice ??? “
The President’s tweet comes 96 days before the November 3 election, and starts in just two months with early voting in some states. It also comes as the coronovirus epidemic continues unabated with new cases of the virus in many states. Trump’s suggestion on Thursday led to the federal government reporting as the worst economic contraction in the nation’s history, as the epidemic has greatly flattened the economy and the move by states to revive their economies by a surge in new coronovirus cases Has been interrupted.
“With universal mail-in voting (not good at absentee voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most and local election in history. It would be a big embarrassment for America. Delay elections until people can vote properly, safely and safely ??? “The president tweeted.
But Trump has no authority to delay the general election. The constitution gives Congress the power to fix the date of elections.
Democratic challenger Joe Biden has repeatedly warned that the president may try to delay the general election.
The former vice president said in April, “Mark my words, I think he is going to try to withdraw the election somehow, some may come up with justification.”
The most recent public opinion poll in the Biden-Trump race reflects the presumptive Democratic nominee to be held in the battlefield states of most general elections, along with national surveys.
A senior administration official told Fox News that “the president is only raising one question, while Democrats are proposing an entirely new system (mass mailing in voting), which would result in a huge delay in the election result.” . “
And Trump, re-campaigning national press secretary Hogan Gidley – responded to the president’s tweet – said in a statement that “the president is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats made with his insistence on all mail-in voting” is.”
But the Democratic National Committee – responding to the president’s tweet – alleged that “Trump’s threat is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from today’s devastating economic numbers that make it clear that his failed response to coronovirus Has caused damage to the American economy and caused tens. Millions of Americans lost their jobs. “
A senior DNC war room official said, “Trump can tweet all he wishes, but the reality is that he cannot delay the election, and by November, voters will hold him responsible for his failures.” Has given disastrous results for the American people. ” Spokesman Lily Adams.
Over the past few months, the president has repeatedly raided against the dramatic increase in balloting by mail during the primaries amid serious health concerns over the person’s voting among coronary viruses.
During a White House press talk in early April, the president argued, “Mail-in voting is terrible. It’s corrupt.” Trump suggested that “you get thousands and thousands of people sitting in someone’s living room who sign the ballot everywhere … I think mail-in voting is a terrible thing.”
Last month, he claimed in a tweet that “because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most contested election in the history of our nations.”
And last weekend he accused Twitter of “the 2020 election would be completely rigged if mail-in voting was allowed, and everyone knows it.”
Attorney General William Barr appeared to disagree with the president on whether the general election would be rigged.
Responding to a line of questioning from the Democratic rape, Cedric Richmond of Louisiana testified in front of the House Judicial Committee on Tuesday, with Barr countering the president saying “I have no reason to think” in the 2020 election “Will be rigged.”
But Barr agreed with Trump in his testimony, as he argued that “bulk” mail-in voting “significantly increases the risk of fraud.”
Election experts say voting by mail is more susceptible to fraud than voting in person, but they have seen no evidence of widespread fraud or absentee ballots in favor of Democrats. But the massive increase in absentee voting puts an additional burden on already stressed state and county election officials and the US Postal Service facing financial and manpower losses.
Currently five states vote entirely by mail: Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii. But among coronoviruses, many states with both Democratic and Republican governors have made it easier for voters to send ballots by post. Last month California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure into law requiring his state to send a ballot to every registered voter.
For months, the president has allowed more people to vote by mail in the general election against the efforts of Democrats and some Republicans due to coronovirus health concerns. Earlier this year his reunion campaign and the Republican National Committee made a multi-million-dollar legal push by the Democrats to expand ballot access.
Democrats, pushing back against claims by Trump and the GOP, say that actual voter fraud cases are limited and claim that Republicans are trying to suppress voters to improve their chances of winning elections.
Gidley alleged that Democrats are “using coronoviruses as their means to try for universal mail-in voting, which means sending a ballot to every registered voter whether they asked for one or not.” The voter roll is not filled with bad addresses for those who have it. Transferred, non-citizens, or even dead. Universal mail-in invites chaos and serious delays in voting results Is, as proven by the New York Congressional primary where we still don’t know who wins after more than a month. “