President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the November general election, in a harsh new announcement on the implications of postal voting.
In a tweet in which he claimed that the practice leads to “the MOST UNCURRENT & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump suggested: “Delay the Election until people can vote properly, safely and securely? ?? “
The president’s tweet comes 96 days before the Nov. 3 election, and early voting in some states begins in just two months. It also comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues unabated, with new cases of virus spiking in many states. Trump’s suggestion also coincided with the federal government’s reporting on Thursday of the worst economic contraction in the nation’s history, as the pandemic flattened much of the economy and an attempt to move out of states. to revive their economies has been hampered by an increase in new coronavirus cases.
With the Universal Postal Voting Not (not the Absent Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most UNCONTRACTED and FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a big embarrassment for the United States. Delay the Election until people are able to vote properly, safely and securely ??? “the president tweeted.
But Trump has no authority to delay a general election. The Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for elections.
Democratic challenger Joe Biden has repeatedly warned that the president could try to delay the general election.
“Mark my words, I think he will try to somehow return the election, come out with some reason why it can̵7;t be held,” the former vice president said in April.
The most recent public opinion poll in the Biden-Trump race shows the presumed leading Democratic candidate in the national poll as well as in most of the crucial general election states.