An influential conservative who argued against Trump’s impeachment now calls for it after the president’s ‘fascistic’ suggestion to delay the November election

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Steven Calabresi, a popular conservative and co-founder of the Federalist Society, has called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment after he made “fascist” comments about delaying the November elections. 
Calabresi said he voted for Trump in the 2016 election and opposed Trump’s impeachment in a New York Times Op-Ed. 
He called Trump’s remarks “fascistic” and called on conservatives to denounce them. 
Trump does not have the authority to push back the election. 

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A popular conservative has called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, saying the president made “fascistic” comments about delaying the November election. 

In a New York Times Op-Ed, Steven Calabresi wrote that while he supported Trump in the 2016 election and opposed Trump’s impeachment as well as Robert Mueller’s investigation, the president comments on postponing the election have gone too far. 

“But I am frankly appalled by the president’s recent tweet seeking to postpone the November election. Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats’ assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate,” Calabresi wrote. 

Calabresi is a co-founder of the Federalist Society, a group of conservatives and libertarians that advocates for placing a “premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.”

On Thursday, Trump suggested that the US should postpone the election over erroneous fears that mail-in voting is fraudulent. (It’s not.)

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???

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020

Business Insider, previously reported that Trump does not have the authority to cancel or postpone the election. 

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Calabresi, who is also a professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, wrote that the US has never canceled or postponed an election despite having other difficult eras in the past like in 1932 during the Great Depression or in 1944 during World War II.

“So we certainly should not even consider canceling this fall’s election because of the president’s concern about mail-in voting, which is likely to increase because of fears about COVID-19,” he wrote. 

Only Congress could alter the federal statute that would allow states to change when they can appoint electors, which could impact the timeline of the election, Business Insider reported. 

“President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the federal election,” Calabresi wrote. “Doing so would be illegal, unconstitutional, and without precedent in American history. Anyone who says otherwise should never be elected to Congress again.”

He’s not the only Republican denouncing Trump’s election comments. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, columnist Henry Olsen, who is also a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank, also …read more

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