Trump suggests delaying 2020 USA election, Republicans say no

Daniel Fowler
July 31, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House in Washington, D.C. December 18, 2019. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, responded to the President with a tweet of her own quoting the Constitution, that gives Congress the authority to "determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Vote".

The co-founder of the conservative Federalist Society said Thursday in a blistering New York Times op-ed that President Donald Trump's tweet musing about a delay to November's presidential election is grounds for impeachment.

The date of the election can only be changed by Congress and congressional leaders are opposed to any delay.

"I don't believe that the president is losing significant support from Republicans", Reeves said.

Republicans Do Not Want DelaySenator Grassley himself was dismissive of Trump's tweet: "All I can say is, it doesn't matter what one individual in this country says".

Mr McCarthy said: "Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election". "But I also don't want to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn't mean anything", Trump said, warning of the possibility of "a crooked election". "Mail-in ballots will lead to the greatest fraud".

Trump wrote Thursday on Twitter that mail-in voting will lead to "the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history". "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA".

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, a Republican who is leading an organization aimed at helping Americans vote safely during the pandemic, tweeted that "rather than working to safeguard the election this year, [Trump is] preemptively trying to delegitimize it".

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The Capitol Hill is shrouded in fog in Washington, D.C., the United States, on December 17, 2019.

The Lincoln Project, founded by Republicans who do not want to see President Trump re-elected, released its latest ad, "Wake Up", on Thursday.

"I think we've had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year". "But we will not be delaying the election".

He went on to defend this allegation at a contentious press briefing, which came after top GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., publicly repudiated Trump's call to delay the election.

"Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!".

"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", wrote the president while referring to complaints that Russian Federation influenced the 2016 election that Mr Trump won.

LaRose has long said that online ballot applications would eliminate hurdles for voters, which include the signature-matching requirements targeted in the voting-rights groups' lawsuit.

Meanwhile, polls in key battleground states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona, have also showed that Biden is ahead of Trump by at least several points.

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