President Donald Trumpsuggested delaying the 2020 election in a tweet Thursday, bringing his attack on mail-in voting to a crescendo and confirming the fears of those who have expressed concern that he may refuse to leave office.
Groups like Common Cause noted that the president does not have the power to postpone the election date.
The Constitution also sets limits on how long the president and vice president can remain in office, and their four-year term expires on January 20.
He said: "I never even thought of changing the date of the election". However, he has not previously asked for the election to be delayed. "I look forward to that election".
(CNN)President Donald Trump explicitly floated delaying November's presidential election on Thursday, lending extraordinary voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he now trails his opponent by double digits.
Mr Trump told Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging interview: "I have to see". "No, I'm not going to just say 'yes.' I'm not going to say 'no, ' and I didn't last time, either". "I'm not going to say "no" and I didn't last time, either".
William Barr, his attorney general, testified at a House committee hearing on Wednesday, without offering evidence, that "if you have wholesale mail-in voting, it substantially increases the risk of fraud".
Donald Trump is reportedly trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 8 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.
Trump campaign officials say public polls routinely undercount Republican voters and are therefore unreliable predictors. Our elections are enshrined in the Constitution.
Trump has cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which have been used in far greater numbers in primary elections amid the pandemic.
But Trump has bitterly resisted Democratic-led attempts to increase availability of mail-in voting, saying that this will promote fraud and that Americans should line up at the polls as usual.
Ellen Weintraub, a member of the Federal Election Commission and its former chair, tweeted in response that Trump has neither the power nor the money to delay the election.
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