2020-07-30 15:20:15 UTC
Its the first time the president has publicly suggested pushing back the
November voteeven though he has no authority to do so
President Donald Trump has, for the first time, publicly suggested delaying
Novembers presidential electionan unprecedented measure which is beyond the
powers of the president.
In his latest tweet pushing his entirely unproven pet theory that mail-in
ballots somehow make elections more susceptible to voter fraud, Trump wrote that
holding the election during the raging pandemic would be dangerous and mulled
whether it would be best to Delay the Election until people can vote properly,
securely and safely.
Despite his posturing, Trump has absolutely no legal power to follow through on
the proposal to delay the vote. His incendiary tweet came minutes after the
Commerce Department announced the U.S. economy had just suffered its worst
quarter on record.
It has long been predicted that Trump would try to discredit the election. Last
week, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden warned donors that the president
will attempt to indirectly steal the 2020 election by poisoning his base
against the idea of mail-in ballotsa voting method that more people than ever
are expected to use to minimize the risk of catching the novel coronavirus.
Hitting back at Trumps suggestion, the frontrunner to be named Bidens running
mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, wrote: Donald Trump is terrified. He knows he's going
to lose to Joe Biden. It will require every single one of us to make that
happen. We will see you at the ballot box on November 3rd, President Trump.
Trump has been obsessed with the idea that mass voter fraud is undermining
American elections for years, despite him and his family making full use of the
service. He blatantly lied after the 2016 general election, claiming that
millions of illegal votes helped Hillary Clinton defeat him in the popular vote.
The Trump administration made a very public push to try and find voter fraud
with a 2017 commission, only for the panel, led by Trump ally Kris Kobach, to
flame out amid controversy and a lack of results.
The presidents attacks on election integrity have only grown more pronounced
during the coronavirus pandemic, with mail in ballots becoming a healthier way
for people to vote during the public health crisis. But that potential benefit
has done little to quell Trumps rage towards potential fraud, even though he
has been unable to prove or show evidence that mail in votes would lead to the
kind of widespread fraud that hes baselessly publicizing.