Tennessee lawmakers voice opposition to delaying the election

Andrew Cummings
July 31, 2020

In a break with some of Trump's previous tweets, many high-ranking Republicans disagreed with the president's tweet. They reassured voters that the election would proceed on the constitutionally mandated day as it has for more than two centuries.

President Donald Trump is facing widespread criticism for raising the idea of delaying the upcoming U.S. election.

Trump can not change the election date without the approval of Congress, and policymakers in both parties made clear they would oppose such a move.

Donald Trump at a press conference after his tweet.

It's always been clear to election experts that with a rise in mail ballots, would come a delay in finding out the victor of elections. I want to have the election.

"There is little reason for the dollar to recover in an environment where more and more investors in accelerating fashion throw aside the previously established assumption that the USA will lead the recovery to global economic Nirvana", said Stephen Innes at AxiCorp.

"It will be a great embarrassment to the US", he wrote.

An Express.co.uk poll found 53 percent (583 people) agreed the United States election should be delayed as a result of the pandemic.

The Capitol Hill is shrouded in fog in Washington, D.C., the United States, on December 17, 2019.

Now is the time for every Republican in Congress to stand up to Trump and let him know he "cannot postpone the federal election", Calabresi said.

Since 1845, the election date has been fixed as the first Tuesday after 1 November and has never been delayed. "No way should we ever not hold our election on the day that we have it", McCarthy told CNN.

The US government has just reported the worst US economic contraction since the Great Depression: 32.9 percent in the second quarter.

He went on to defend this allegation at a contentious press briefing, which came after top GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., publicly repudiated Trump's call to delay the election.

The Constitution also states that an outgoing president will leave office on January 20 following the election year - even if an election does not take place.

The increased use of mail-in ballots, according to experts, will likely mean results won't be finalized on the night of November 3 since some states can not begin counting them until Election Day.

Election experts have pushed back on the idea that mail-in voting would lead to a big increase in fraud.

The president, however, said that he totally supports absentee voting, despite that voting pundits have said the verification process is the same for absentee and mail-in ballots, and many states even consider them to be the same thing. "This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail, while he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in the primary", Biden said.

Current polls suggest that Trump is trailing Biden by a significant margin in several swing states.

Trump, who is trailing challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden in opinion polls, had previously meant to focus his re-election bid on the nation's economic performance.

But it was another Trump tweet on Thursday that caught my attention, one that signaled how he might seek to discredit the results of an election he can't postpone. Trump's ultimate goal, however, may have less to do with the election date than undermining the results of the election if he loses.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, also a Democrat, said, "There is no way @POTUS can delay the election".

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