President Donald Trump is questioning whether the United Should should consider the idea of delaying the 2020 election. He took to Twitter to express his concerns about voter fraud.
“With Universal Main-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT ELECTION in history,” the President tweeted. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
President Donald Trump Doubles Down on Delaying Election
During a press conference, President Trump further addressed his thoughts on delaying the election. “What people are now looking at is … are all these stories right about the fact that these elections will be fraudulent, they’ll be fixed, rigged,” he said. The President continued by saying:”Everyone is looking at it. A lot of people are saying that probably will happen.”
The idea of changing the date of the election didn’t sit well with many lawmakers. Despite the President’s concerns, Majority Whip Sen. John Thune doesn’t anticipate the rules changing for this year’s election. “I think we’ve had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year,” Thune said, according to CNN.
Furthermore, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham also expressed disagreement with delaying the election. “I don’t think that’s a particularly good idea,” Graham said.
In addition to negative reception from GOP members, many on social media voiced their disagreement with the President. “No, Mr. President. No. You don’t have the power to move the election,” one user tweeted. “Mail-in and absentee voting are exactly the same thing,” another user wrote.
Others on Twitter agree with President Trump’s notion to delay the election. “Yes! The integrity of the election has been compromised!” one user writes. “We stand with this decision! Delay the Election. This impacts our national security.”
While President Trump may hope for a delay, a law set in 1845 states that a president holds no authority to change the date of an election.
[H/T Fox News]