Donald Trump Suggests Election Delay, Sparking Bipartisan Outrage

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 1, 2020

The other side: Trump said during a Thursday press conference that he does not want to see the election delayed, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, but also does not "want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn't mean anything". They reassured voters that the election would proceed on the constitutionally mandated day as it has for more than two centuries. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was especially blunt: "All I can say is, it doesn't matter what one individual in this country says".

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vowed his state would hold its November elections as scheduled: "End of story".

The prospect of a delayed election was rejected by fellow Republicans.

"I don't want to be waiting around for weeks and months and literally, potentially if you really did it right, years, because you'll never know", Trump told reporters.

It was a remarkable turnaround for a man who as recently as November had accused House Democrats of conducting an "unconstitutional" and "Kafkaesque "trial" in their Trump impeachment proceedings.

But this week the president offered a statement that stood out, even among many that have put Trump's branding iron on the office.

However, Steven Calabresi is not the only Conservative who disagrees with Donald Trump.

The government announced Thursday that the US economy plunged by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter as the pandemic forces a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating. The first-term Republican governor said he would do "everything possible" to avoid another shutdown but could not rule out the possibility.

Sen. Tim Kaine "Can a president delay a presidential election?" Tim Kaine "Are you indifferent to the date of the election?"

According to the latest polling average by RealClearPolitics, the Democrat's Joe Biden leads Mr Trump by more than eight points nationally.

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

The long-time Republican supporter said: "President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he can not postpone the federal election". Indulging that expectation is irresponsible - and plays into Trump's hands. Trump makes a distinction between absentee ballots that require an excuse for not voting in person, and universal mail-in ballots that are sent to all potential voters.

Steven Calabresi, Co-founder of Federalist Society, opposed Donald Trump's impeachment a year ago.

"You guys like to talk about Russian Federation and China and other places - they'll be able to forge ballots, they will forge, they'll do whatever they have to do", he said.

Trump, seeking to already undermine the results of an election he could lose, demanded the victor of the November 3 contest be known that night.

Current polls suggest that Trump is trailing Biden by a significant margin in several swing states. Instead, he repeatedly cited the prospect of voter fraud, which is virtually nonexistent in USA politics.

"I don't want to delay". I want to have the election.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, said the November 3rd election date is not yet set in stone.

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, an outspoken critic of the president, joined Reid on Friday's installment of "The ReidOut" to urge Democrats not to play Trump's "game" of allowing him to continue to be president if no victor is determined following the election.

"Look, the president says things and tweets things all the time", the governor said.

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