Doing badly in opinion ratings and an economy that is sinking, US President Donald Trump wants the US November 3 elections to be postponed, hoping that a favourable wind may blow his way next year.
But none of Trump’s allies endorsed his suggestion. “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,” Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said. “And we’ll find a way to do that again this Nov. 3.”
As usual, Trump took to Twitter to float his idea. In the tweets, Trump called for delaying the election citing claims of fraud and inaccuracy. “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,” he wrote in one tweet, asking, “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
But Trump cannot do much in with regard to postponing elections. Only the Congress is empowered to delay or change election day, which is set in US constitutional stone — to be held every four years on the first Tuesday after November 1.
Trump’s panic is understandable. He is badly trailing his rival Joe Biden and minutes before his tweet, new data was released showing that the GDP fell 9.5 percent during the three months ending June 30 — the largest quarterly drop on record.
Polls show Trump far behind Joe Biden, the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee