Citing Election Delay Tweet, Influential Trump Ally Now Demands His Re-Impeachment

Citing Election Delay Tweet, Influential Trump Ally Now Demands His Re-Impeachment

Citing Election Delay Tweet, Influential Trump Ally Now Demands His Re-Impeachment

The BBC correspondent points out that Trump is trying in every way to diminish the significance and credibility of the upcoming, November presidential election, which many prominent analysts claim will have a huge turnout of voters who will vote by mail, which makes the U.S. president very anxious.

"I have to see", he told interviewer Chris Wallace. "These ballots are missing", Trump said. "I think we've had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year", Thune said. I want to have the election. Trump on Thursday for the first time openly floated the idea of postponing the presidential elections on November 3, citing irregularities in the mail-in vote.

William Barr, his attorney general, testified at a House committee hearing on Wednesday, without offering evidence, that "if you have wholesale mail-in voting, it substantially increases the risk of fraud". Trump also said he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting - a measure that many election observers see as critical given the coronavirus pandemic. He then repeated the claims at a brief press conference, saying that the election should be held at a time when people could "properly, securely and safely" vote.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Congressman Brendan Boyle, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, said the tweet was "outrageous".

In 1848 Zachary Taylor, a Whig, defeated Lewis Cass and Martin Van Buren in the first presidential election to be held on that first Tuesday in November.

Under the USA constitution presidents and vice-presidents must seek election every four years and in 1845 a federal law fixed that date as the "first Tuesday after the first Monday in November".

"Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally-scheduled election on time", McConnell told a Kentucky radio station.

Later on Thursday, Trump softened his suggestion, tweeting that Americans "Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!".

Nonpartisan U.S. election analyst Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia said the tweet seemed to follow Trump's typical approach of trying to distract voters from bad news. He attempted to walk back on his claim Thursday afternoon, but still called mail-in voting "dangerous" in a tweet.

But Mr Trump's calls to postpone the election has put him at odds with top Republicans. It also comes as he is trailing significantly in the polls to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who predicted in April that Trump would seek to push back the date of the election.

Meanwhile, polls in key battleground states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona, have also showed that Biden is ahead of Trump by at least several points.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the postal voting system and even suggested during a separate TV interview earlier this month that he may not accept the results of the election.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump was evasive when pressed to answer whether he would accept the results of the November 3 vote.

"This isn't partisan. This isn't political".

"Moving Election Day would seriously jeopardize the legitimacy of the election".

"The president of the United States floating the idea of delaying the elections ... that's a pretty stunning thing to say from the White House", commented NBC News.

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