Trump Floats Idea To Delay Election

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President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the November general election over claims that mail-in-voting will invite voter fraud, despite the fact that he lacks the authority to push back the date of the November 3 contest.

Citing the expansion of mail-in-voting, Mr. Trump claimed the upcoming election “will be the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history” and a “great embarrassment to” the United States.

The dates of presidential elections — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — are enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change. The Constitution makes no provisions for a delay to the Jan. 20, 2021 presidential inauguration.

Still, the mere suggestion of the delay was extraordinary in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power.

And Trump trails in the polls, nationally and across battleground states, and some surveys even suggest traditionally Republican-leaning states could be in play. While Trump has come back before after trailing consistently in the polls throughout 2016, it’s raised the possibility that he could face a landslide loss if he doesn’t turn things around.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. When you dive into the poll numbers of all the different poles, he’s not trailing. The best poll I saw was that over 75% of people, especially those on the right, do not give correct answers because they don’t want to deal with the pollster.

  2. Does anyone still take seriously ANY stupid comments or proposals the Trumpopf tweets??? His own AG Barr testified on Tuesday that there was NO legal basis for a President to either delay a Presidential election or refuse to leave the WH if he loses. The imagery of federal marshals literally dragging him out of the oval office screaming and wimpering on January 20, 2021 will hopefully not be an outcome we will have to remember. I suspect he would rather leave with a minimal degree of honor and respect for the office but as he would say “who knows”??

  3. I’m not sure it’s 75% as Jersey Jew posits but certainly that notion holds true for a very significant number. Nonetheless the prez needs to do better in public opinion. The negative reporting is not favorable to him and it’s showing. His constant derision of the media is not gaining him any popularity which he now needs a lot of.

  4. If postal voting will be used, there is no reason to vote in early November. The idea of early November was based on weather in the northern states. As long as there is time for Electoral College to meet, and Congress to certify the result, by Jan. 20, it should not be a problem. If there is a delay, Trump leaves on Jan. 20 (he probably will be leaving then regardless), but the Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi), rather than Joe Biden, becomes president (at least until the electoral college can meet).

  5. President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the November general election over claims that mail-in-voting will invite voter fraud, despite the fact that he lacks the authority to push back the date of the November 3 contest.

    What garbage is this? How is this “despite the fact”? Did he suggest that he has such authority?! No, only conscienceless liars like AP would make such a claim. Since GHT is also a conscienceless liar, maybe he works for AP and wrote this piece.

  6. That’s how you know Trump is (currently) losing. If you cant win the game, change the rules!!
    This President is an embarrassment.

  7. > Gadolhadorah

    Milhouse is correct. Trump never stated he has authority to do it. The only actual quote I have seen is:

    > “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” he finished.

    What Trump did was present an idea. When the House denies the request, despite the reasonableness (due to the pandemic and all the problems inherent in a rushed make-shift voting system) of the request, they will be setting a precedent of not delaying voting despite a pandemic and an ill-prepared voting system change (the state of Oregon took a 17 year learning curve on that, and the Democrats want the whole country changed in a handful of months) . And that is an important precedent – for the future when some day the Democrats want to delay the voting date and the Republicans will refuse them.

  8. But when Bl$$mberg gave the finger to New York voters and illegally stole a 3rd term for Mayor, you haters were silent. You didn’t make a peep. Now suddenly you’re so concerned that the President is concerned for the safety of the voters? You’re just trying to make sure the phantom masked one’s handlers steal the elections.
    Hypocrites.

  9. akuperma, a mostly-postal election needs more time for the votes to come in and be counted. And if the election is not held in time for results by jan 3 there will be no congress, so Pelosi will not be speaker, and on Jan 20 the presidency would pass temporarily to Mike Pompeo, who would hold it until both an electoral college and a congress can be elected.

    Amil, he never suggested he had such an authority. Only liars like you and GHT pretend he did.

    Motzi Shemra, it’s the Democrats who are changing the rules, and they’re doing it to give themselves more room for fraud. Trump gave them a much-needed shot across the bows.