Donald Trump Wants 2020 Election Delayed

Daniel Fowler
July 30, 2020

President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested postponing Election Day to avoid widespread voting by mail.

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud through mail-in voting, even in states with all-mail votes.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history", the president tweeted. Mr Trump has in the past said there was a risk of "thousands and thousands of people sitting in somebody's living room, signing ballots all over the place".

Trump has always been pursuing a campaign to undermine the idea of mail-in voting, behaviour which has led to social media companies adding misinformation warnings to his posts.

It is the first time Mr Trump has floated the idea, though he has no authority to delay an election with Congress holding the power to set the date for voting. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied to Trump's tweet by tweeting a quote from the Constitution assigning Congress the power to set the timing of elections. "Even beyond that, there's no accurate count!" he said.

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This is not the first time he has spoken out against mail-in voting. Trump asked in a tweet.

Flashback: Trump called suggestions by Joe Biden that he was considering changing the date of the election "made-up propaganda" during an April press briefing.

"Unless Trump loses by a landslide or wins, I'm convinced Trump, aided by [Attorney General Bill] Barr, fully intends to challenge the election-not in court but by resisting being removed from the White House", former White House ethics chief Walter Shaub wrote. "And Congress is not going to vote to change the statute that has governed for decades and decades when and how we hold elections".

"These messages from Trump are meant to promote chaos and confusion, and undermine confidence in our elections". I think our poll numbers are very good.

"To be clear, I'm not anxious that Trump can delay the election", he added. "I have long believed it will come down to whether the military is loyal to the Constitution".

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