Thursday, 06 August, 2020


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

President Trump speaks at a 2019 rally in Fayetteville N.C President Trump speaks at a 2019 rally in Fayetteville N.C
Conrad Doyle | 31 July, 2020, 21:01

"There is little reason for the dollar to recover in an environment where more and more investors in accelerating fashion throw aside the previously established assumption that the U.S. will lead the recovery to global economic Nirvana", said Stephen Innes at AxiCorp.

"[So] the correct response [in the pandemic] is to make sure that states actually have the resources that they need to run an election which is going to have a heavy mail-in component". "Who are they being sent to?" "But I also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn't mean anything", Trump told reporters at a news conference when asked about his tweet suggesting election be delayed. "I think we're doing very well", he said. Only an act of Congress can change the date, established in 1845, and there is no chance it will do so now.

Nonpartisan U.S. election analyst Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia said the tweet seemed to follow Trump's typical approach of trying to distract voters from bad news. He claimed he wasn't serious about postponing the election.

"Moving Election Day would seriously jeopardize the legitimacy of the election".

Although the Trump campaign's national press secretary, Hogan Gidley, told Politico the president's tweet was "just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting" and was not calling for the November election to be delayed, the damage had been done. "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA".

Barr also testified that to his knowledge, a sitting president can not contest the results of an election if the vote tallies are clear.

Back in New Hampshire, a swing state where Trump hosted a virtual event Thursday night, Sununu said the president's comments about the election date would not affect his continued support for Trump's reelection.

"Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time".

The big picture: Calabresi called on every congressional Republican to tell Trump he can not postpone the election and added that those who say otherwise "should never be elected to Congress again".

Trump had previously suggested he would not trust election results - complaints similar to those he raised going into the runup to the 2016 election - but had not so directly suggested changing the November 3 date.

"The question is, this COVID-19 was supposed to be over by Easter, it was nothing and the United States were doing soooo well, so how could it disrupt the course of an election?"

"Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist", Calabresi wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times.

House Minority Leader and fellow Trump ally Kevin McCarthy made a similar point.

Evan Koslof, a political reporter with WUSA9 TV channel in Washington DC, suggested Pelosi would be out of office on 3 January 2021 if federal elections were delayed and he said "next in line would be the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which is now Senator Chuck Grassley [a Republican, from Iowa]".

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