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Trump Backs Down After Suggesting Election Delay

by Amitabh Joshi 8 months ago Views 1008

US President, Donald Trump, has backed down after he suggested on Thursday that perhaps the US Presidential election on November 3rd could be delayed citing concerns over postal voting.

In a tweet, Trump had said that 2020 would be "the most inaccurate and fraudulent in election history" and suggested a delay so people could vote safely. A huge number of Americans are expected to use the mail-in ballot option due to the pandemic, not wishing to risk exposure to the coronavirus at voting centres.


 

Several US states are also preparing to ensure smooth functioning of the postal ballot system.

The US President later retracted at a news conference saying “I don’t want to delay. I want to have the election. 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 faced a backlash to his suggestion from Republicans with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the idea was untenable. "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. We will find a way to do that again this November third,"McConnell stated.

 

The American Constitution gives the power to Congress, and not the President, to regulate the date of elections.

Meanwhile, the U.S. economy suffered its worst slide on record since the Great Depression in the second quarter of 2020.

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