Trump suggests the US should ‘Delay the Election’ because of his baseless mail-in voter fraud fears

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Despite not having the authority to do so, President Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the November election Thursday morning on Twitter.
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted.
“It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Trump can’t cancel or postpone the election over the coronavirus, since only an act of Congress could change the federal statute to shift the dates prescribed for when states appoint their electors.

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President Donald Trump floated the notion of postponing the November election in a tweet Thursday morning.

Trump does not have the authority to do so, but he once again used his platform to raise skepticism over his baseless theory over mail-in voting being “fraudulent.”

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

Only an act of Congress could alter the federal statute on when states appoint their electors, which would be the most consequential way to move the timeline of the election.

Lots of replies have said “but what if Trump declares martial law?!”

But even that would likely not give him power to postpone election or delay end of his term on Jan. 20, 2021.

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As Supreme Court said in Ex parte Milligan (1866), martial law does not suspend the Constitution https://t.co/FsiJXbENXi

— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) March 14, 2020

Just 16 minutes before Trump tweeted, the second quarter economic data came out showing GDP plunging at a 33% annualized rate.

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