President Trump Tweets November’s Election Should Be Delayed

( President Donald Trump played right into the hands of some of his accusers Thursday morning when he suggested November’s General Election be delayed.

For months, some people have warned that Trump will do anything he can to try to sway the upcoming presidential election in his favor. That included moving or delaying November’s election, as his polling numbers are looking grim.

Even Trump’s presumptive Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, said back in April:

“Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.”

Despite those conspiracy theories raging on in the background, Trump continued to just sound the alarm on mail-in voting and bash Biden and the rest of Democrats.

That is until Thursday morning, when he tweeted:

“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???”

The president has no authority to change or delay an election. Congress is the body that has the power to set the dates for elections, a power given to them by the Constitution.

Trump has warned about mail-in voting in the past, but until this point, he hasn’t explicitly suggested that the election should be changed to allow more people to vote in person. The president issued his tweet at a time when polling is suggesting that he’s far behind Biden in many of the key swing states. The recent polls even show Trump either trailing or in a deadlock with Biden in some states that he easily won in the 2016 election.

As the coronavirus rages across the country, many states are offering expanded mail-in voting options for people so they don’t have to venture in person to vote. The concern is people waiting in long lines and packed into tightly-packed rooms indoors.

At a hearing on Tuesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr told members that he had “no reason to think” Novembers election would be “rigged.” That being said, he did say that “if you have wholesale mail-in voting, it substantially increases the risk of fraud.”

Last month, though, Barr did say that it’s “common sense” to think foreign governments would attempt to sway the outcome of the election by printing counterfeit ballots.

That point was countered by election law expert Rick Hansen this week. The professor from the University of California-Irvine tweeted:

“Of all the ridiculous schemes that have been floated by the President or AG Barr for how mail-in ballot fraud could affect the election, the possibility of a foreign entity swaying election by mailing fraudulent absentee ballots is the most ludicrous.

“The foreign government would have to do this at scale to produce thousands of votes in even the closest swing state to try to change the outcome. With everyone watching and many states allowing voters to track their ballots this becomes impossible.”