Republicans flat-out reject Trump’s suggestion to delay election

Saturday, 01 Aug, 2020

President Donald Trump, whose suggestion to delay the 2020 US election was roundly rejected earlier on Thursday, said the results of the vote should be known on election night.

The president said Thursday he broached the idea to get the "LameStream Media" to talk about what he described as "dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting".

When the segment ends, Trump is seen filling out a provisional ballot in his auto and says, "I just voted". It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. He then repeated the claims at a brief press conference, saying that the election should be held at a time when people could "properly, securely and safely" vote. Compared to the same quarter of 2019, economic activity fell 9.5%.

The idea of Pelosi - a Democrat and a thorn in Trump's side throughout his time in the White House - taking over would be the complete opposite of what the President presumably envisaged in his tweet.

The op-ed also notes that there have been issues with mail-in votes recently for elections in NY and New Jersey.

A US president is not granted the power to delay elections and any such decision would be up to Congress.

But Trump's previous tweets and comments about supposed electoral fraud have insinuated that he might not accept the results in the case of defeat.

"Mark my words: I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow; come up with some rationale why it can't be held", Biden said.

Widespread use of mail-in ballots may lead to a higher number of votes overall, likely benefiting the Democratic Party, pundits say. "You're going to see an election - and we are going to do very well in the election".

But Mr Trump's calls to postpone the election has put him at odds with top Republicans.

Both the National Association of State Election Directors and the National Association of Secretaries of State told VOA on Thursday that they are unaware of any developments that could have an impact on the security of this year's election.

A few months ago, Democratic presidential challenger and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had claimed that Trump would attempt to delay the election. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said, "Since 1845 we've had an election on the first Tuesday after November 1st and we're going to have one again this year". Nobody wants that date more than me.

Although the president of the United States of America does not have the authority to postpone the presidential elections, Trump's proposal caused a political storm, especially considering that he refused to answer the question on several occasions - whether he will admit defeat in case of victory of his opponent from the Democratic Party. We've had elections during civil unrest. For example, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation allowing county election officials to start processing mail-in ballots 29 days before the election.

"Nobody who mails in a ballot has their identity confirmed", Miller said on Fox News. I wish we would move it up.

Does mail-in voting lead to fraud?

"Do I want to see a date change? No".