Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to once again lash out at mail-in voting while also calling to delay the upcoming presidential election. And pretty much everyone knew this was coming. Trump is plummeting in the polls behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and this president will do anything to stay in power. This time, though, Trump said the quiet part out loud.
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Twitter users reacted in horror and disbelief. After all, this is still the United States and an incumbent president is attempting to delay the election over his inability to understand that absentee voting is identical to mail-in voting.
Here we go: The President of the United States is publicly asking whether we should “delay” the election because of his wildly inaccurate claims about mail-in voting.
It is incumbent upon congressional Republicans to push back against this suggestion. They won’t—but they should. pic.twitter.com/d7EsJcKLOZ
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) July 30, 2020
1. The Pres. falsely claimed millions of illegal votes were cast in 2016.
2. He personally set up a commission to uncover the truth.
3. His commission disbanded when it could find no evidence of voter fraud.
Those are the facts. https://t.co/WslDuu3Jl2
— Alabama Democrats (@aldemocrats) July 30, 2020
Trump can’t delay the election.
The date of the presidential election is set by law and cannot be moved unless that law changes, which would require both houses of Congress to vote in favor of doing so. https://t.co/CUi9jfeGU8
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) July 30, 2020
Trump’s tweet is wrong and dangerous.
The President has no legal power to delay the election. The Constitution gives the power to set election date to *Congress,* which has done so through legislation. Only Congress – majority votes of both Senate and House – can change it. https://t.co/MJ2mVdNBM0
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) July 30, 2020
Welp, there it is. Delay the election. We have been predicting this for months. pic.twitter.com/YJiIuWAPrP
— Dromedary (@Jessica14417133) July 30, 2020
Delay voting….but let’s send all those kids back to school!! What a joke! https://t.co/I3nyi9EXhC
— Kim Bobbitt (@Kim131019) July 30, 2020
Then we get President Pelosi January 20 at noon per the Constitution.
Your term expires either way.
Hope the door hits you……
— Grateful Chef (@ChefJohnnyB2) July 30, 2020
what kind of shithole president tries to delay an election
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 30, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is smiling somewhere because it would take an act of Congress, as federal law mandates that the election take place on the first Tuesday after November 1st.
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