During White House briefing on July 30, 2020, the United States President; Donald Trump continued his war against mail-in voting and suggested that November’s Presidential election be postponed.
Trump gave reasons to back his suggestion saying that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly rejected Trump’s idea to delay the 2020 election if people must vote by mail, the President continued to float the idea to the media on Thursday.
According to Trump, if “hundreds of millions” people sent in “universal mail-in ballots — what will happen in November – it’s a mess,” and will lead to “the most rigged election in history.”
“I don’t want to see an election, for so many years, I’ve been watching elections, and they say they the ‘projected winner’ and I don’t want to see that take place in a week, after November 3, or a month, or frankly with litigation and everything else that can happen… years, years… or you never even know who won the election.”
Trump continued on a lengthy, albeit scattered rant, “I want an election and a result much more than you. I think we’re doing very well. We have the same fake polls. But we have real polls… I just left Texas and Biden came out against fracking. Well, that means Texas is going to be one of the most unemployed states in our country… I want to have the result of the election.”
US states want to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Under the US constitution, Mr. Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election himself. Any delay would have to be approved by Congress.
Despite the continuous warnings of possible fraud, Trump remained confident in his campaign. He tweeted, “We are going to WIN the 2020 Election, BIG! #MAGA.”
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