Donald Trump, the United States President has called for the postponement of the November 2020 election, The American leader made the call on Twitter today Thursday, 30th July 2020.
In a tweet released by him, he expressed worry that the forthcoming election would be fraudulent because of the proposed universal mail-in voting.
He tweeted ’…it will be a great embarrassment to the US, Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
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. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Due to the serious concerns relating to the global pandemic (COVID-19) the United States of America is proposing mail-in ballots.
On several occasions, Trump has tried to discourage people from voting by mail claiming the newly adopted voting system will lead to voter fraud
According to the United States federal law Trump has no power over the election schedule. The constitution states that the exact date and time when a president and Vice President’s term ends there is no clause that would allow a president to remain in the office beyond the date following the presidential election.
Trump’s suggestion to postpone the November election came immediately after the release of dire new economic figures from the Commerce Department, which showed that the U.S. economy shrank by 9.5% in the April-June quarter which is the worst quarterly plunge the country has ever had.
There are fewer than 100 days until the election, and Trump is trailing badly in the polls.
His Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, has earlier said that Trump may try to delay the election in an effort to win. His exact words were “I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden told his supporters in April
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, when asked about Trump’s tweet while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, appeared to be unaware that Trump is unable to postpone the election, but argued that any election should take place with full confidence.
In the end, the Department of Justice and others will make that legal determination,” he told Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va). “We all should want ― I know you do too, Sen. Kaine ― want to make sure we have an election everyone is confident in.”
"In the end, the Department of Justice and others will make that legal determination" — Mike Pompeo on Trump's tweet suggesting the presidential election should be delayed pic.twitter.com/lmCoolwAg0— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 30, 2020
Kaine informed Pompeo that the president or Department of Justice has no legal ability to change the date of an election.
Kaine also said “I don’t think that it’s that hard of a question or one that should lead to any equivocation by somebody who’s fourth in line for succession to be president of the United States,”
Political leaders and former 2020 candidates, reacted to Trump tweets assuring that the November election will go on as planned
Donald Trump does not have the power to postpone the election based on his fear of losing (or for any reason).— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 30, 2020
Don’t let this scare you — vote.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) tweeted ’This is simply not true, and it’s dangerous for our democracy. The President cannot delay the election while urging his Republican colleagues to publicly and forcefully rebut the the President’s alarming suggestion that he can.”
Also in reaction to Trumps tweet Pete Buttigieg, the former Democratic candidate and Mayor of south Bend, Indiana said ’The USA held and election during the civil war and we will hold one in 96 days’
Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming who is Trump supporter joined the conversation during an interview on Fox Business, where he was met with pushback from the program’s host.
“I think we’re going to vote on Election Day,” Barrasso told host Stuart Varney. He also made his decision to reelect Donald Trump as the United States president know.
Varney acknowledged that the in ballots may cause delays when the winner is declared, which he said would create “confusion and endless challenges.”
Barrasso said We’re going to have the election completed and voting completed by Election Day. It’s going to take a while to get all the votes counted,”