US President Donald Trump on Thursday (July 30) suggested a delay in 2020 elections, saying it will be "the most inaccurate and fraudulent election" due to mail-in voting.
There is no evidence that mail-in voting leads to fraud. He has also made unsubstantiated allegations that voting will be rigged and has refused to say he would accept official election results if he lost. "If we could hold an election in 1864 in the midst of a Civil War threatening to tear our country apart, we can and will hold one in 2020. It's time for the president to get his priorities straight and work with Congress on a bipartisan recovery package that protects our families, frontline workers, and small business owners".
"Nothing President Trump says, does, or tweets can change that fact", he said.
Trump has previously insisted that he sees no problem going ahead with the election, where he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden. "If Trump truly cared about our elections, he would demand Congress provide the $3.6 billion in funding that states and localities need to properly and safely administer them amid the pandemic". "The Constitution also significantly limits the ability of Congress to delay choosing the next president, even if it wants to - as under no circumstance can any president's term be extended past noon on January 20 without amending the Constitution", the bipartisan National Task Force on Election Crises said in a report. "It will be a great embarrassment to the United States of America", he wrote.
Several Michigan Democrats pushed back against Trump's claims on Twitter Thursday. Election Day is set by congressional statute, and most experts agree that it can not be changed without congressional approval. "Don't let it happen". Instead, voters will have to request an absentee ballot if they want to vote at home. Michigan's August 4 primary is set for next week.
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