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Mitch McConnell slaps down Donald Trump's demand to move the election over claims of 'mail-in fraud' as Republican leaders line up against call

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans shot down President Donald Trump's suggestion to delay the November election until 'people can properly, securely and safely vote.' 
Trump does not have the power to delay the election. That would take an act of Congress and even the president's top allies on Capitol Hill made it clear Thursday that would not happen.
McConnell pointed out elections hadn't been delayed in the past and did not need to be now. 
'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. And we'll find a way to do that again this November 3,' McConnell told a local Kentucky television station.
He confirmed he expected the election to take place on November 3. 'That's right. We'll cope with whatever the situation is in the election on November 3 as already scheduled.'
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell shot down President Donald Trump's suggestion to delay the November election
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell shot down President Donald Trump's suggestion to delay the November election
Even some of President Trump's top Republican allies on Capitol Hill disagreed with his suggestion to put off the November 3 contest
Even some of President Trump's top Republican allies on Capitol Hill disagreed with his suggestion to put off the November 3 contest
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a top Trump ally, said the election should take place November 3
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is close to Trump, said the election should not be delayed
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (left) and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (right), two top Trump allies, said the election should not be delayed
Other Republicans agreed. 
'I don't believe we should delay the elections. Delaying the election probably wouldn't be a good idea. I think we can be able to safely vote in person in November,' said Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally on Capitol Hill. 
Senator Rick Scott, another Trump ally, said he 'doesn't agree with delaying the election.' 
Senator Chuck Grassley, the president pro temp of the Senate, said the country would follow the law when it came to the election date. 
'All these things are pretty well set and have been going on for decades. And so we're a country based on the rule of law so nobody's going to change anything until we change the law,' he said.
Senator Ted Cruz said election fraud should be investigated but that doesn't mean postponing the election.
'I think election fraud is a serious problem and we need to fight it and stop it. But no, we should not delay the election,' he said. 
And House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is also close to Trump, said there should be no delay. 
'Never in the history of the federal elections have we not held an election and we should go forward,' he said.
Trump's pronouncement came right after news the U.S. economy shrank by 33 per cent in the April-June quarter. 
That number marks the worst quarterly plunge ever and comes as the coronavirus pandemic has shut down businesses, thrown tens of millions out of work and sent unemployment to 14.7 per cent. Trump has banked his re-election chances on a strong U.S. economy. Voters give him high marks on his economic policy but have dinged him for his handling of the coronavirus and race relations.
Democrats accused the president of attempting to distract from the terrible economic news.  
'Trump's threat is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from today's devastating economic numbers that make it clear his failed response to the coronavirus has tanked the U.S. economy and caused tens of millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Trump can tweet all he wants, but the reality is that he can't delay the election, and come November, voters will hold him accountable for his failures that have led to catastrophic consequences for the American people,' said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Lily Adams.
Trump tied his suggested to delaying the election to his complaints about mail-in voting, which he has repeatedly complained will lead to vote fraud. Numerous studies have shown very little voter fraud in the United States via mail-in voting. 
'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???,' Trump tweeted.
New jobless claims ticked up again last week, following 15 straight weeks of declines from the peak in late March, when the coronavirus shutdowns initially hit
New jobless claims ticked up again last week, following 15 straight weeks of declines from the peak in late March, when the coronavirus shutdowns initially hit
President Donald Trump suggested delaying the November election until 'people can properly, securely and safely vote'
President Donald Trump suggested delaying the November election until 'people can properly, securely and safely vote'
Market reaction: How Dow went down over Trump tweet
Market reaction: How Dow went down over Trump tweet

Hogan Gidley, the spokesperson for President Trump's re-election campaign, said the president was merely questioning the legitimacy of mail-in voting.
'The President is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting. 
'They are using coronavirus as their means to try to institute universal mail-in voting, which means sending every registered voter a ballot whether they asked for one or not. 
'Voter rolls are notoriously full of bad addresses for people who have moved, are non-citizens, or are even deceased. Universal mail-in voting invites chaos and severe delays in results, as proven by the New York Congressional primary where we still don't know who won after more than a month,' Gidley said in a statement. 
Attorney General Bill Barr was asked at a Tuesday hearing on Capitol Hill if the president has the power to delay November's contest.
'Actually I haven't looked into that question under the Constitution. I've never been asked the question before, I've never looked into it,' he said. 
Barr also said he had 'no reason to think' that the upcoming election will be 'rigged.' 
The date of general election is statutorily set as 'the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November' or 'the first Tuesday after November 1,' according to the 1845 law passed by Congress. Only new legislation could change that date. 
Additionally, Article II of the Constitution declares Congress - in effect - sets the election date: 'The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States.' 
But Trump's tweet could stoke fears already present among Democrats the president will use his executive powers - such as declaring martial law - to suppress voter turn out in Democratic areas such as big cities. 
Polls show presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading in national polls and in many of the battleground states that will decide the contest.
Schumer: Trump's delayed election tweet ploy to distract from COVID
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Biden has warned that Trump could seek to nullify and try to delegitimize November's contest should he lose. 
'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,' Biden said at a virtual fundraiser in April. 
And Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan called Trump's decision to send in federal forces to U.S. cities with demonstrations taking place in support of the Black Lives Matters movement is a 'dry run for martial law.'
Durkan said President Trump, 'clearly targeted cities run by Democratic mayors. He's said so himself.'
'He's using law enforcement as a political tool,' she told CNN earlier this week. 'I hate to say it, but I really believe that we are seeing the dry run for martial law. This is a president that is using law enforcement and federal forces for political purposes and that should be chilling to every American.' 
Trump also suggested Thursday that mail-in voting would allow foreign interference in the election. 
'Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster. Even testing areas are way off. The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race. Even beyond that, there's no accurate count!,' he tweeted. 
Many states have opted to expand mail-in voting options for November's contest because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump has railed against these decisions and the Republican Party has created a $20 million legal fund to fight them.
The president, who is a resident of Florida, has voted absentee in several elections, including the state's presidential primary earlier this year. Vice President Mike Pence and several other members of his administration have also voted absentee.
But Trump argues voting absentee is different than wide-spread mail-in voting. 
He has attacked mail voting nearly 70 times since late March in interviews, remarks and tweets, including at least 17 times this month, according to a tally by The Washington Post

Attorney General Bill Barr said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday he had 'no reason to think' that the upcoming election will be 'rigged'
Attorney General Bill Barr said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday he had 'no reason to think' that the upcoming election will be 'rigged'
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has warned President Trump could try to delay the November contest
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has warned President Trump could try to delay the November contest
Barr says 'no reason to think' that the election will be rigged
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Polls have shown most Americans - including Republicans - favor absentee voting as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 
In the event of extenuating circumstances, like traveling for work during the time of an election or being bed-ridden, voters in most states can apply for absentee ballots to cast their vote by mail ahead of the election date.
There are five states – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington – that already hold their elections by mail-in voting.
Long lines have plagued several states during their primary elections the past few months. The number of polling places have been limited because of a shortage of workers due to the virus. Social distancing measures also mean the voting process takes longer.
In Georgia's June primary, voters waited in line for hours without being able to cast a ballot as a shortage of poll workers and social-distancing precautions caused by the coronavirus contributed to the problem. Some precincts were closed due to lack of election officials available to work and official limited the number of people allowed into the ones open to prevent the virus from spreading.
Voters took to Twitter to post photos of the long lines and point out the polling places that hadn't opened as scheduled at 7 a.m.  Technical issues with the new voting system - which combines touchscreens with scanned paper ballots in races for president, Senate and dozens of other contests - brought voting to a stand still.
Voters endure long lines to cast ballots in Georgia
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Voters wait in line in Fulton County in Georgia's primary election on Tuesday
Voters wait in line in Fulton County in Georgia's primary election on Tuesday
Trump accuses Democrats of 'trying to steal another election'
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In May President Trump threatened to hold federal funds from states like Michigan, which was mailing absentee ballots to all registered voters. 
Trump has also criticized California's mail-in balloting initiative, where registered voters have been sent ballots without having to formally request one. 
Republicans have filed a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsome's move. 
Republicans long have been suspicious that making voting easier would elect more Democrats. Young people, for instance, tend to tilt more Democratic, but are also less likely to vote in-person. 
Additionally, Republicans have long complained about 'ballot harvesting' - their term for the process where someone (usually a party volunteer) collects absentee ballots from a group of people and mails them for them. Democrats call it ballot collecting.
In two-thirds of the states, any qualified voter may vote absentee without offering an excuse, and in one-third of the states, an excuse is required, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But many states - including West Virginia and Virginia - are adding fear of the coronavirus as a valid excuse to request an absentee ballot. 

1 comment:

  1. Mitchie baby: instead of slapping down Trump, could you instead slap down Tech Tyrants who constrict Free Speech? Thank you ever so much, Mitchie.

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