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Trump floats election delay, lawmakers in both parties reject idea

President Trump said at a White House press conference he doesn't want to delay the 2020 election, hours after tweeting the idea himself

7/31/2020 9:20:00 AM

President Trump said at a White House press conference he doesn't want to delay the 2020 election, hours after tweeting the idea himself

President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the idea of delaying the Nov. 3 U.S. elections, an idea immediately rejected by both Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress - the sole branch of government with the authority to make such a change.

Trump’s statement on Twitter comes as the United States is enduring a multi-pronged, once-in-a-generation crisis: a coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 150,000 lives, a crippling recession sparked by the outbreak, and nationwide protests against police violence and racism. On Thursday morning, the government reported the worst U.S. economic contraction since the Great Depression: 32.9% in the second quarter.

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Trump, who opinion polls show trailing Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden, said he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting - a measure that many observers see as critical given the coronavirus pandemic. Without evidence, he claimed that ramped up mail voting would be rife with fraud, but praised absentee voting, which is also done by mail.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

At a White House news conference later in the day, Trump did not repeat his call for an election delay but said he was worried about fraud and a long wait for results from counting mail ballots.“Do I want to see a date change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election,” he told reporters.

The United States has held elections for more than 200 years, including during the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars. Article II of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to set the timing of elections, and the 20th Amendment ends a president and vice president’s term in office on the Jan. 20 following a general election.

Multiple congressional Republicans - including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top House of Representatives Republican Kevin McCarthy - rejected the idea.Related CoverageTrump says he doesn't want to delay 2020 election; but worried about mail-in ballots

See more stories“Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election,” said McCarthy.Democratic U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the House committee overseeing election security, also rejected any delay.

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“Under no circumstances will we consider doing so to accommodate the President’s inept and haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic, or give credence to the lies and misinformation he spreads,” Lofgren said in an email to Reuters.Trump wrote on Twitter later on Thursday that Americans needed to know the election results on the night of the voting, not days or months later. Mail-in ballots can sometimes take longer to count.

“Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting,” he said in the tweet.‘DESTABILIZING’Trump’s tweets will deepen Democrats’ fears that he will try to interfere with the election or refuse to accept its outcome should he lose. Biden has called that his biggest fear and has gone so far as to suggest sending in the military to force Trump out if he refused to leave.

Democrats are preparing for fights over absentee ballots, potential voting recounts and the possibility that Trump’s Republican supporters will seek to intimidate voters at the polls.The truly dangerous part of Trump’s tweet on Thursday was not his suggestion of delaying the election – which is a “fantasy” – but his latest claim that voting by mail is rife with fraud, according to Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Marymount University and a constitutional law expert.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands in front of a U.S. flag as he participates in a roundtable on donating plasma during a visit to the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria“This is yet another example of the president seeking to delegitimize the election process before it happens,” Levitt said. “That is deeply destabilizing.”

A Republican close to the White House was stunned at the tweet, noting that it followed a period of stability in which Trump has stayed on message in response to advice from new campaign manager Bill Stepien and senior campaign manager Jason Miller.“Obviously he just can’t help himself. This is starting to look like a real campaign, and then he does this,” the Republican source said. “It’s awful. It’s starting to look like he doesn’t even want to win.”

The White House referred questions about the tweet to Trump’s re-election campaign.“The President is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting,” said Hogan Gidley, the campaign’s press secretary. “Universal mail-in voting invites chaos and severe delays in results.”

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Ari Fleischer, who was White House press secretary under Republican President George W. Bush, said Trump should delete the tweet.“This is not an idea anyone, especially POTUS, should float. Our democracy is based on elections in which everyone knows the rules and they apply to all,” Fleischer said. “Mr. President - please don’t even pretend to mess with this. It’s a harmful idea.”

Polls have shown that U.S. registered voters oppose an election delay. When Reuters/Ipsos in April asked voters if they thought the election should be rescheduled due to the coronavirus, 59% opposed the idea, including a majority in each party.A Biden campaign official called Trump’s tweet an obvious ploy to distract from the awful GDP numbers.

“We’re going to keep our eye on the ball,” the Biden campaign official said.Slideshow(4 Images)Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s voting rights project, said Trump lacked the authority to reschedule an election.“This is America,” Ho said. “We are a democracy, not a dictatorship. The Constitution sets the date for the election in November. Nothing President Trump says, does, or tweets can change that fact.”

Reporting by Steve Holland; additional reporting by Rick Cowan, David Morgan, Patricia Zengerle, Susan Heavey, Michael Martina and Joseph Ax, writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Rosalba O'Brien Read more: Reuters Top News »

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He just laser pointer the cats in the media for days. Beautiful. Chase it you simpletons. Increase interest rates.. He’s just trying to put you liberals in a frenzy..which he did That’s how he operates! Only because his idea was universally condemned by democrats and republicans 😂😂😂😂 Musing over the problem with MailInBallots that may result in election voting fraud, and whether it’s better to delay the election to figure out how to handle election integrity IS NOT changing mind or policy... Far-left Trump-hating proves it’s the EnemyOfThePeople.

So that when it is delayed he can say it wasn’t me ..... He's lying in his retraction. “The main difference is [in] voting by absentee ballot, a voter has to request a ballot in most cases and fill out a form and sign to authenticate the request.” “With all-mail [voting], they just send out a ballot and without certainty it’s going to a live voter.”

Jesus you people are stupid. How many times does he have to TROLL the msm before you recognize it for what it is? Cut the Dem agenda! It’s getting old. How much of those funds r u receiving ? trump is a Clueless,shifty, dangerous, lying individual . He trolled the media into talking about postal voter fraud. He knows just what to say to wind you up! 🤣🤣🤣

Wait the next tweet, it was just a try, he is ready to go full blast about it. What a crude lier - msking up lies with Nunes and the Rogue Ukranians He's doing what he does best, messing with our heads. But one thing is certain, he and his gang will do everything poss to disrupt it and if/when he does lose he'll cry to the rooftops about cheating, illegals voting, etc., and his followers will believe and respond accordingly.

😂😂😂 He just loves poking the donkey.... Impeached Trumpy Trump, deine Tage sind gezählt! He's gotta know he's going to lose the election by a landslide. Running for president was just a game to him. I hope they send him to Maxwell when he's convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud. This will cease to confuse you when you have more life experience and when you, you know, actually talk to different people. It’s called developing interpretive skills.

Learn from President Putin, no time for twits. Revamped the country after total collapse. Educated, strong leader, do you like or not We, in Russia 🇷🇺, are laughing 😂 historically. What a freak! Bravo 👏🏻 USA making America great, again, and again, and again He probably doesn't mean it. He spouts off on twitter without putting thought into his comments.

It's his doctors advice. Dementia is a terrible disease Man... it’s a opinion... you take it out of context and made it a big issue... clearly he dnt want to delay the election but he is against mail in voting. Apply some common sense- if ppl can riot for straight 60 days, can’t they stand in line to vote ?

You did see the question marks? The man asked a rhetorical question - he did not make a statement! Simmer the fuck down and learn freakin punctuation! So stupid. He was making a point and the sentence ended with a question mark. he's full of shit He's nuts It is not one of the best moments of the realDonaldTrump government, with 9.5 gps falling, 34% restraining the economy, unemployment...He is aimless, unable to find solutions to the pandemic crisis, ignored for four months, and now Trump's election opportunism. Very dificult!

Very well, sounds like Mr. Trump lies or changing stance is a news XD what he is trying to say is 'I don't wanna lose the 2020 election' Testing the waters..... He'll try again.... “Oregon has been voting by mail for 20 years and they love it.” Same old. Throw out a ridiculous idea. Quickly retrace. Idea is being discussed and talked about. Suddenly idea doesn’t seem so ridiculous at all anymore to many supporters. Bet they’d give up voting rights if this guaranteed that he could simply stay. America where art thou?

Distraction. A common tactic with Trump. This latest distraction coincides with the worst GDP drop in US history. The man has been backtracking left and right over everything, yet he still calls this pandemic the “China virus”. He’s an awful human and he doesn’t care about anything but his money. If the us elects JoeBiden the corona crisis will be handled by an old crook, which doesn’t care at all at BlackLivesMatter but cares for the blacklivesVotes. After he gets elected (Biden) he will leave the black people and will laugh at them in the whitehouse

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Classic tRump. Float an idea. Watch reaction. Then decide what to do. Time for another elephant test. Oh yes he does want to delay the election. Trump wants to remain in power the rest of his life. He has had a taste of ultimate power and attention and he likes it and can't live without it. American electorate: “Trump, you’re fired!!!!!!” Trump is so full of shit. He’s a “Drama Queen” or “Drama King”. Absolutely no previous federal management experience and it shows. Did he take civics or US History in school? Trump absolutely has no respect for the US Constitution!

Advice. Stop hiring chalkboard grating voices to read your stories unbidden to feckless clickers. 99% of people hear that voice reading the story and thing, 'what the fuck do they not think I can read?' For christ buddha and krishna's sake stop being stupid clicky assholes. As confused as Trump😂🤣😂🤣

His sarcasm game is once again on point 💯 How unreliable can a leader be in words and behaviour and still be trusted with power? Mr Trump evidently creates his own alternative reality and is allowed to continue to do so. Why? So how about the economy? He is a genius! 👍 He's plays the Media like a fiddle!! 🤣

It's just about sowing doubt. You can ask questions to get feedback and not necessarily be for or agains the question asked. Guess you didn’t know that. Yeah but it certainly tricked the press to get his message out that their is something wrong with vote by mail The most rigged election in history, topping... the last election.

Trump has likely had a stroke. His gait is lopsided and he has difficulty walking. Bumbler, mumbler Sad! We get it China owns you msm EnemyOfThePeople Do you understand the meaning of question mark? ❓❓❓ totally fcuking nuts. He just wants to plant the seed. Doublespeak.. No election, Trump is president as long as he wants to be. StateDept

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President Trump suggests the U.S. may need to delay the electionPresident Donald Trump 's Thursday morning tweet that suggested delaying the November election could cause problems for equity investors. 'It sows chaos, and chaos is bad for the stock market,' Jim Cramer said on 'Squawk on the Street.' Trump does not have the power to delay the election by himself; presidential elections are set for the first Tuesday of November by a 19th-century federal law. He is losing 😂😂😂 the only reason he is pulling this stunt TODAY is that he is jealous no one wanted him at John Lewis’ funeral and the spotlight is on someone else. Ha ha the Congressional ruling of 1845 says he can kiss the constitutions ass

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