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Republican lawmakers reject Trump’s suggestion to delay elections

Republican lawmakers reject Trump’s suggestion to delay elections”

Now he has struck a boundary.

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. And while some states count the ballots as they come in, others - notably the critical battlegrounds of MI and Pennsylvania - have laws that forbid processing mail ballots until Election Day, guaranteeing the count will extend well past that night. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was especially blunt: "All I can say is, it doesn't matter what one individual in this country says". New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vowed his state would hold its November elections as scheduled: "End of story".

Dr Smith said the US Constitution only gives that power to Congress, with both Democrats and Republicans firmly committed to the 3 November date.

Worth noting: There is no evidence that mail-in ballots will lead to widespread voter fraud, as Trump has repeatedly claimed.

The dynamic has forced Trump-backed politicians to walk a delicate balance as they condemn the president's most erratic behavior and ideas while trying not to upset his die-hard loyalists.

Calabresi also had some stern advice for Republican lawmakers, many of whom have routinely approved conservative judicial nominees endorsed and promoted by the Federalist Society.

The government announced Thursday that the USA economy plunged by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter as the pandemic forces a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

That does not mean The Associated Press news agency and other news organisations will not call a victor. "Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist", Calabresi wrote. "Years. Or you never even know who won the election". But he said he remained "100% committed to doing everything possible" to help Trump beat Democratic rival Joe Biden in November.

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"I don't believe that the president is losing significant support from Republicans", Reeves said.

"I want an election and a result, much, much more than you", Trump told reporters at the White House. Indulging that expectation is irresponsible - and plays into Trump's hands.

On Thursday, Mr Trump shared a discredited theory that increased postal voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to widespread voter fraud.

There have been a series of lower-profile flashpoints over the last four years that prompted modest concerns from Republicans that were quickly forgotten, and the latest debate over the election date may soon fall into that category.

"You guys like to talk about Russian Federation and China and other places - they'll be able to forge ballots, they will forge, they'll do whatever they have to do", he said.

"[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".

Current polls suggest that Trump is trailing Biden by a significant margin in several swing states.

"The real problem is that this is another instance of him trying to delegitimise the election result. which is incredibly unsafe for the president to do", he said.



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