High-level Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly rebuked President Trump’s suggestion that the 2020 election should be “delayed.”
After months of falsely claiming that mail voting is inherently “corrupt” and “rigged,” Trump on Thursday questioned in a tweet whether the election should be postponed until in-person voting is safer.
McConnell told WNKTV reporter and anchor Max Wintiz that he believes the election date is “set in stone” in an interview set to air Thursday evening.
Other top Republicans including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and at least two GOP governors also strongly refuted the notion of postponing the election.
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Top Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly rebuked and bat down President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the 2020 election should be “delayed” on Thursday.
McConnell told WNKTV reporter and anchor Max Wintiz that he believes the election date is “set in stone” and noted that the US has held elections during past crises, in an interview set to air this evening.
Trump, who for months has made inaccurate claims that mail voting is inherently fraudulent and corrupt, falsely claimed that the United States has “universal mail-in voting” and explicitly questioned whether the 2020 presidential election should be delayed until America can “safely vote.”
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump said. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Trump cannot, however, unilaterally cancel or postpone the November 3 general election, by executive order, under the parameters of a national emergency or disaster declaration, or even if he declared martial law.
In 1845, Congress set the date on which states must appoint their electors to the electoral college — which today they do by holding elections — to be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Trump’s remarks were immediately panned by many top Republicans interviewed by CNN. US Senators including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah —who represents a state where all registered voters are sent a mail ballot — said they disagreed with Trump and believed the election should go on as scheduled.
McConnell’s top Republican counterpart in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN that “Never in the history of federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election.”
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, tweeted: “Congress sets the election date, and it should not be changed. It will be held on November 3rd, as planned and required by law.”
At the state level, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State and top election official Frank LaRose, New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu, and …read more
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