Federalist Society co-founder calls Trump's tweet about delaying election "fascistic"

Dollar Bears Find Fresh Fuel in Trump’s Election Delay Tweet

In a shocking turn, even Steven Calabresi, the co-founder of the Federalist Society who voted for Trump in 2016 and has defended the president against the Mueller probe and the impeachment proceedings, was "frankly appalled" by Trump's tweet.

A US Congressman has accused Donald Trump of 'violating an important norm that no previous president has dared to violate'.

"The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-in Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race", wrote the president while referring to complaints that Russian Federation influenced the 2016 election that Mr Trump won. He also failed to garner support from his own Republican Party.

"Do I want to see a date change?" I want to have the election.

Trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in both national and swing state polls, Trump was asked if he would seek to delay Election Day since many states have been pushing ahead with plans to send residents mail-in ballots. "This election will be the most rigged election in history, if that happens", the president said. "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA".

Democratic US Representative Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the House committee overseeing election security, also rejected any delay. Reacting to Trump's suggestion, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, told CNN when asked about the President's call to delay the election: "I don't think that's a particularly good idea". Such a delay in counting the mail ballots should be seen as a sign that officials are safeguarding against the sort of fraud Trump says he is anxious about, according to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. Majority Whip Senator John Thune, a member of Republican leadership, said that there will be an election in November despite the President's tweet.

"I think that's probably a statement that gets some press attention, but I doubt it gets any serious traction". "We've had elections during wars". Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said, "Since 1845 we've had an election on the first Tuesday after November 1st and we're going to have one again this year".


"The question is, this COVID-19 was supposed to be over by Easter, it was nothing and the U.S. were doing soooo well, so how could it disrupt the course of an election?"

"I don't want to delay".

"The reality is that with Democrats controlling the House, there will be no change in our election date, certainly between now and November". Democrats control the House of Representatives and some have already said they will not support any delay to the vote.

Officials need to verify signatures, open envelopes and, in many states, much of that process can't begin until the day of the election, due to state law. "I don't want to be waiting around for weeks and months and literally, potentially, if you really did it right, years because you'll never know".

Nonpartisan U.S. election analyst Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia said the tweet seemed to follow Trump's typical approach of trying to distract voters from bad news. "That doesn't include absentee". You have to go through a whole procedure. So I'll be an absentee voter. About half of 50 U.S. states allow registered voters to vote by post on request but a growing number of states have acknowledged considering "all-mail" votes in November.

Lastly, Trump falsely claimed that there is a distinct partisan breakdown between supporters of vote by mail and opponents. During the COVID-19 pandemic era, a large number of Americans are expected to opt for mail in voting to avoid standing in line and going to a polling booth. "It's very, very unfair to our country".

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