Andy McCarthy: 'Absurd' to claim Trump's election delay tweet was impeachable offense

Pablo Tucker
August 2, 2020

That prompted criticism from the co-founder of the Federalist Society.

The plaintiffs had pointed to voters' new constitutional rights to cast an absentee ballot without giving a reason 40 days before an election and to do so in person or by mail. Mr Calabresi wrote an op-ed in The New York Times saying: "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".

A split Michigan Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a case that sought to extend the state's deadline to receive absentee ballots - a decision that left one dissenting justice "baffled and troubled" ahead of the November presidential election in the swing state. "It will be a great embarrassment to the U.S.", the president intoned on Twitter. So Trump's comments about delayed results must be read in the context of his fear-mongering about inaccuracies and fraud connected to the expanded voting by mail necessitated by the coronavirus.

Mail-in voting has increased due to voters' concerns about contracting coronavirus by going to the polls.

He further noted that the USA has faced grave challenges but never delayed or cancelled a presidential election. "You're going to see an election - and we are going to do very well in the election". It weathered the Great Depression (1929-1933) and World War II (1939-1945) and stuck to the election schedule.

Steven Calabresi says postponing a federal election would be "illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent". Election Day was fixed by a federal law passed in 1845, and the US Constitution in the 20 Amendment specifies that the newly elected Congress should meet on January 3, 2021, and that the terms of the president and vice president end on January 20, 2021. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will vote on December 14, 2020, to either re-elect the Republican incumbents, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, or the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, and his Vice Presidential running mate.

He added: "Anyone who says otherwise should never be elected to Congress again". Trump's poor handling of the Covid-19 crisis and his flip-flop stances on treatment protocols; especially the violation of mask wearing protocol supposed to be the prime prevention against the spread of the virus has angered Americans, including those who earlier supported him. The determination of the date of the elections corresponds, according to the Constitution, to the organs of the Congress.

He made this remark during a television interview.

For months, those officials have routinely warned that the most serious foreign threats are hacking of election and campaign infrastructure, along with disinformation campaigns, largely from China, Russia and Iran.

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