President Trump sparked a frenzy on Twitter.com when he proposed a delay in the Nov. 3 election over fears of mail-in voting fraud.
"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history," Trump tweeted on Friday morning. "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"
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???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
The president's tweet triggered a 490-point drop in the stock market amid concerns that the president is attempting to delay the election.
Political analysts say a president can't delay the election unless he gets the approval of Congress.
But Trump's supporters say he is trolling his Twitter followers, as usual.
We must take President Trump's attempt to undermine the faith in our republic seriously: This is what a authoritarians do. If Democrats lose the 2020 election Trump will not allow a free & fair election again. It is now or never.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) July 30, 2020
Democrats expressed fears that Trump is setting himself as a dictator who will refuse to leave the White House if he loses in November.
fact check: mail-in voting and absentee voting are exactly the same thing. fact check: you can't delay the election without a constitutional amendment. instead of fear-mongering, how about running on your record? you know: mass death, mass unemployment, mass infection, rioting...
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 30, 2020
TRUMP’S GOAL: DELAY the ELECTION
It has been very obvious for some time that Trump was going to pull this stunt. He is out of control. Daily he is attempting to undermine the validity of mail-in voting & now he has flagged delaying the election. He is losing & he knows it.
— MURRAY ? (@murray_nyc) July 30, 2020
Delay the election? Unless Trump takes over the government by military force and suspends the Constitution, it will be President Pelosi on January 20th by default. Because without an election, Trump has absolutely no authority to remain in power unless he does a military coup.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 30, 2020
Yes! The integrity of the election has been compromised! We stand with this decision!
Delay The Election. This impacts our national security.
— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) July 30, 2020