Voters should have more time to safely choose whether to give the Republican Party another four years in the Oval Office, the president said.
President Donald Trump is considering different options to postpone the upcoming general election, because he has serious concerns about the integrity of the Democratic Party’s postal voting plan for Nov. 3.
“With universal mail-in voting (not absentee voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history,” he said on Twitter.
The Oval Office fears relying on the U.S. Postal Service to insecurely deliver at least 153 million ballots for counting at voting stations is not be the best way to run the election. Election Day should instead be delayed until the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic has eased enough for in-person voting.
“It will be a great embarrassment to the United States of America,” the president said. “Delay the election until people can properly, securely, and safely vote.”
He warned that the Democrats’ postal voting system would take much longer to process and result in extensive delays.
“[We] must know election results on the night of the election, not days, months, or even years later,” he said on Twitter.
According to Reuters, Congress could set a new date for the presidential election under the Second Article of the Constitution. If successful this would be the first time a U.S. election did not proceed as planned, despite two world wars and large-scale pandemics, since the Presidential Election Day Act was passed back in the year 1845.
“Never in American history—not even during the Civil War and World War II—has there been a successful move to delay the election for president,” political author Michael Beschloss said on Twitter.
Such a delay would mean President Trump would have to step down on Jan. 20, 2021, and allow Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be appointed as acting president until a winner is declared.
Democrats control the House, so it is very unlikely Congress would agree to postpone Election Day.
Pelosi was quick to reject moving the election to a later date, even though it could temporarily put her in charge of the Oval Office but as she would be out of power on Jan. 3, 2021. President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which is currently Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) would then assume the office of president. However, the Democrats would hold an absolute majority in the Senate and could conjure up a new President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
“Article two, section one of the Constitution states, ‘Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States,’” she said on Twitter.