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Trump floats election ‘delay’ amid unsupported claim of voting fraud

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WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a “delay” to the Nov. 3 presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.

The dates of presidential elections — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — are enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change. The Constitution makes no provisions for a delay to the Jan. 20, 2021 presidential inauguration.

Still, the mere suggestion of the delay was extraordinary in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power.

Trump tweeted Thursday: “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???”

Trump’s tweet came on a day of bad economic news and amid a dark political patch for his reelection effort.

The government reported Thursday that U.S. economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9% annual rate in the April-June quarter, by far the worst quarterly plunge ever, as the coronavirus outbreak shut down businesses, threw tens of millions out of work and sent unemployment surging to 14.7%.

And Trump trails in the polls, nationally and across battleground states, and some surveys even suggest traditionally Republican-leaning states could be in play. While Trump has come back before after trailing consistently in the polls throughout 2016, it’s raised the possibility that he could face a landslide loss if he doesn’t turn things around.

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud through mail-in voting, even in states with all-mail votes. Five states already rely exclusively on mail-in ballots, and they say they have necessary safeguards in place to ensure that a hostile foreign actor doesn’t disrupt the vote. Election security experts say that all forms of voter fraud are rare, including absentee balloting.

Trump has increasingly sought to cast doubt on November’s election and the expected surge in mail-in and absentee voting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And Trump has called remote voting options the “biggest risk” to his reelection. His campaign and the Republican Party have sued to combat the practice, which was once a significant advantage for the GOP.

Trump refused in an interview just weeks ago with Fox News to commit to accept the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote.

“I have to see. Look … I have to see,” Trump told moderator Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “No, I’m not going to just say ‘yes.’ I’m not going to say ‘no,’ and I didn’t last time, either.”

Trump and many members of his administration have previously availed themselves of absentee voting, but Trump has sought to differentiate that from a growing push by states to mail all registered voters either ballots or absentee request forms.

Voters and public health officials have expressed concerns about the potential dangers for spreading the virus during in-person voting, and states have reported difficulty filling poll worker positions given the pandemic.

Last month, Trump told supporters in Arizona that “This will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country.”

There appears to be next-to-no appetite in the Capitol for a change to the Nov. 3 election. Democrats have pushed to includes billions of dollars in the next coronavirus relief bill to fund election security and accessibility improvements for this year’s vote, but Trump and Republicans have so far resisted those efforts.

Just months ago, in April, Trump had ruled out the prospect of trying to change the election. “I never even thought of changing the date of the election,” he said. “Why would I do that? November 3rd. It’s a good number. No, I look forward to that election.”

“I’m not thinking about it at all,” he added. “Not at all.”

Attorney General William Barr, speaking to a House committee earlier this week, claimed there was “a high risk” that mail-in voting would lead to “massive” fraud. He said he had no “reason to think” the upcoming election would be rigged. But he said he believed “if you have wholesale mail-in voting, it substantially increases the risk of fraud.”

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D.-La., asked Barr at the hearing whether a sitting U.S. president could move the election date. Barr responded: “Actually, I haven’t looked into that question under the Constitution.”

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  1. I have no doubt he wants to delay the election. He knows he will be in prison as soon as we kick his butt out of the White House. The scum of the nation will be very sad on November 4. The king of the white trash will be ousted and we can begin the long process of rebuilding the nation.

    1. What is your obsession with taking away innocent peoples freedoms? Oh wait, I almost forgot. You’re a Castro Communist who believes in a 2-tier justice system.

  2. He will call Kim Jong Il and Putin for advice on dirty tricks to avoid being legally replaced by Mr. BIDEN. In the end it will take the 101st Airborne to drag him out of the White House kicking and screaming.
    “Why don’t they like me. I am the Stable Genius, the Chosen One,” he will cry while hanging on to the White House curtains to avoid being dragged out. Pitiful!

    1. Trump isn’t the one who has been cheating. It’s the democrats. That is undisputed and has been proven time and time again. You don’t have to like him but please get over the fact that he won, fair and square. Considering the amount of cheating that Hillary and the DNC did, it really is very impressive that he did win. They gamed the system and he still beat them. That had to hurt! But you’ll get over it……eventually.

      1. Man, you lie like a rug. I will officially dispute your lie right here. Trump’s own voter fraud panel found nothing. One or two people here and there got caught. It’s nothing but a conspiracy theory bandied about by far right fear mongers. Seriously, think about it; if Trumps own panel could find nothing, then where is it? Now grow the eff up and come up with facts, not BS. You’re embarrassing yourself.

  3. He’s becoming so mentally unhinged that he may have to be removed before November 3. He’s becoming more and more unstable as we near election day.

  4. Russia Are You Listening? Trump wants to be president again. Racists Right wingers Trump wants to be president again so get the Far Right Media Conspiracy Machine oiled up and ready to go. QNon, Breitbart, Fox News, all are ready with Fresh made up Conspiracy theories to get their brainwashed followers to vote Trump. #FUCKTRUMP#. DRAIN THE TRUMP SWAMP!!

  5. Trump the Chump wants to Delay the November election, but his own Top Republicans in the House and Senate say No Dice! Election will go on despite his empty threats!! Rotten bastard is trying to steal the election, AGAIN!!

  6. Trump blowing more smoke up his supporters asses and they eat it up. I will never understand why people support him other than being racists. You need to be called out constantly. Too bad you dont have the balls to identify yourselves to show everyone who you really are. #cowards

    1. Just like he didn’t cheat, he also has not supported racist policies or said anything remotely racist. Some racists might support him just as many racists support democrats but that does not make Trump supporters racists. We all know the racist party is the democratic party although not all democrats are racists.

      1. Democrats the Racist Party? Really! Then why are 70% or more of the minorities voting Democrat? Oh yeah, I know. The racist Latinos, Blacks, and Asians are keeping down the White race down. White Republicans are suffering so much Racism that the majority are poor, economically disenfranchised and racially profiled everytime they go out on a drive in their brand new SUVs Get real, dude!

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