Why Trump floated delaying the election — Twitter bombshell


Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) expressed strong support for vote-by-mail on Thursday following President Trump's prediction that universal mail-in voting would result in the "most inaccurate and fraudulent" election in history.

"It will be a great embarrassment to the US", he tweeted.

US President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that November's presidential election be postponed until people can vote safely without the fear of getting infected by the coronavirus.

Trump sent out the tweet on Thursday morning.

Mr Trump has long railed his supporters against mail-in voting, claiming that postal votes can be rigged easily.

In fact, only five states conduct elections entirely by mail, although more states expect to rely more heavily on mail-in ballots in November because of the virus outbreak. Among them? Strict deadlines regarding the receipt of mail-in applications (and ballots) as well as signed forms from applicants acknowledging that any manipulation of the documents constitutes both election fraud and mail fraud.

Republican Senator John Barrasso insisted: "We will not delay the election".

Trump's remarks come as his government on Thursday posted a 32.9% contraction of the USA economy between April and June, the worst decline on record since 1947.

Biden previously suggested Trump will try to delay the election.

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President Trump was elected in 2016 despite polls consistently showing him trailing his rival Hillary Clinton; however, Congressman Boyle said things are different this time around. His campaign and the Republican Party have sued to combat the practice, which was once a significant advantage for the Republicans.

The pandemic is still out of control across swaths of the United States, most lately hitting Republican-led states like Florida and Texas. A small number of states sent ballots to voters during the primaries, but most states are not expected to do so in November. And some people don't want to talk about it, but they know it.

Some states already have all-mail elections without any issues, while all but a handful of states have expanded their rules about voting by mail to allow anyone to cast a mail ballot amid the pandemic.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) speaks during a hearing in Washington on July 21, 2020.

Trump cited recent media reports about potential problems with mail-in ballots arriving late and said it could take weeks, months or even years to sort it out.

In an interview with the BBC, Stewart said that while he does not support delaying the election, Trump had a legitimate point about all-by-mail voting being hard to safely implement quickly in states where it has not been used.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the nation's November 3 presidential election, though the Constitution bestows that power on Congress, not the president.

"Universal mail-in voting invites chaos and severe delays in results", Gidley stated. More than a week later, after election officials were able to tally all the mail votes that arrived on election day, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won the senatorial race by more than 2 percentage points. "That's what's going to happen; that's common sense".

He also pointed out that technically, electors do not have to be chosen by vote, and the president could pressure state legislators to choose electors without voter input.