Republican lawmakers reject Trump’s suggestion to delay elections

Biden holds his notes including the topics Kamala Harris and Department of Justice reform as he addresses reporters at a campaign event

Federalist Society co-founder calls Trump's tweet about delaying election "fascistic"

According to the latest polling average by RealClearPolitics, the Democrat's Joe Biden leads Mr Trump by more than eight points nationally.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of IL retweeted the President, but added the comment: "Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress".

Democratic supporters of Biden in Florida criticized Trump for coming to the state to fundraise during such a critical time for the state and nation. He also failed to garner support from his own Republican Party. Trump said during an exchange with reporters that he was preparing to unveil his plan "soon", suggesting perhaps as early as Sunday. "I don't want to delay".

"I don't want to delay".

"Election Day was fixed by a federal law passed in 1845, and the Constitution itself in the 20th Amendment specifies that the newly elected Congress meet at noon on January 3, 2021, and that the terms of the president and vice president end at noon on January 20, 2021". Advertisement "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history", Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. "It will be a great embarrassment to the United States of America", the president intoned on Twitter.

"[Mr Trump] has no power at all to delay the election", Dr David Smith, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney's US Studies Centre, told SBS News.

Since Mr Trump tweeted, top Republicans cited these elections while dismissing Mr Trump's suggestion.

Since the time Trump sent out his tweet there have been relentless counter tweets telling him that he too mailed-in his vote in the last presidential election. "I think that's probably a statement that gets some press attention, but I doubt it gets any serious traction", he said.

"President Trump's leadership on coronavirus has put us in a strong position to protect vulnerable Americans and rebuild our economy", he said. "We've had elections during wars".

The US constitution allows to approve an amendment either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.

The constitution significantly limits the ability of Congress to delay choosing the next president since under no circumstance can any president's term be extended past noon on January 20th of the next year without approving a special amendment, she added. The New York Times reports that sixteen states and two territories, including California, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii, have pushed back presidential primaries or extended mail-in voting deadlines because of the COVID-19 crisis.

The simple reality remains that Republicans up and down the ballot this fall need Trump's fervent base on their side to have any chance of winning. In absentee voting, you have to request a ballot. You have to go through a whole procedure.

At a later White House press briefing on Thursday, Trump defended his tweet.

"We have seen numerous instances in these past couple months ... that there have been lots of problems with the automatic mailed-out ballots", Stefanik said.

In Arizona in 2018, for example, Republican Martha McSally was narrowly winning the initial tally of in-person votes and mail ballots that had arrived days before Election Day. Increasingly, Americans believe that the mail-in voting will encourage many more to vote due to their fears of Covid-19 and its aftermath. Instead, the president sought to portray his provocative suggestion that the election be delayed as stirring a needed public debate. "It's going to be a very, very sad day for our country".

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