AA Edit | Trump’s suggestion to postpone U.S. elections is mission impossible

AA Edit | Trump’s suggestion to postpone U.S. elections is mission impossible

Steven Calabresi says postponing a federal election would be "illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent". Calabresi said he voted for Trump in 2016 and defended the president during the Mueller investigation and impeachment trials.

President Trump on Friday pointed to the still-undecided election results in New York's 12th Congressional District, which was inundated with absentee ballots on June 23, as an example of the chaos looming if states rely on universal mail-in voting in the November presidential election.

He met at the White House with members of the National Association of Police Organizations Leadership, an organization that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but is backing Trump's reelection bid.

A giant grin suddenly grew on the MSNBC host's face, appearing pleasantly surprised by the possible election outcome.

"We should go forward with our election" as scheduled, said House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, "no way should we ever not hold our election on the day that we have it". According to conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation, those five states combined have only seen 34 convictions for elections-related charges since 2005.

Trump's message came minutes after news broke of a record decline of United States gross domestic product and after several weeks polls showing Americans don't approve of the president's handling of the pandemic.

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"Under no circumstances will we consider doing so to accommodate the president's inept and haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic, or give credence to the lies and misinformation he spreads", Ms Lofgren said.

Trump cited recent media reports about potential problems with mail-in ballots arriving late and said it could take weeks, months or even years to sort it out.

"The hopeful scenario is that Trump is just laying the groundwork for a "sore loser" campaign afterward where he won't use legal mechanisms to challenge the election, but he will tell himself and his supporters that he was robbed and become a kind of a permanent irritant in the political system", Galston said. "I am still betting we are a nation of laws".

The simple reality remains that Republicans up and down the ballot this fall need Trump's fervent base on their side to have any chance of winning. "I don't know if it's going to be a hurricane or not, but it's a storm".

During recent U.S. primaries which determines the presidential candidate for each party, some states struggled to manage a surge in mail-in votes, leading to delays in the result being announced. During the COVID-19 pandemic era, a large number of Americans are expected to opt for mail in voting to avoid standing in line and going to a polling booth.

He also had some very kind words for Canadians, boasting the brotherly relationship of the two countries. "If they do this, our country will be a laughingstock all over the world because everyone knows it doesn't work", the president added.

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