The U.S. constitution provides the power to regulate the “time, place, and manner” of elections to the U.S. House and Senate. Congress is also empowered to change the rules. Nowhere is the president given such power.
In addition, the Constitution clearly marks the end of the presidential term on January 20, following the presidential election.
A brief tweet appeared shortly after a report was released showing that the U.S. economy contracted 9.5 percent from April to June. ̵1; the largest quarterly decline since the government began publishing data 70 years ago, and the latest, sober reflection of the economic devastation of the pandemic.
It was not clear from Trump’s tweeting whether he intended to ask Congress to postpone the election date or whether he thought he could act independently.
As more and more states turned to postal voting in response to the pandemic, Trump has repeatedly tried to undermine the method, often making unsubstantiated claims. In conversations, remarks and tweets since the end of March, he has attacked nearly 70 times in a postal vote, including at least 17 times this month, reports The Washington Post.
Trump also argued that voting by mail usually hurts Republicans at the ballot box.
Democrats quickly suggested that Trump’s proposal reflected an understanding that he could lose alleged Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who has led national and state battles in many battlefields.
“Donald Trump is scared,” said Elder Kamala Harris of D-California, who is one of Biden’s running buddies. “He knows he will lose @JoeBiden. It will take each of us to make it happen. See you at the voting board on November 3, @RealDonaldTrump. “
Amy Gardner and Elise Viebeck contributed to this report.