No, He Cannot Do That …

This morning, Donald Trump tweeted …

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

Put your mind at ease, folks … it ain’t gonna happen.

First, his claims about election fraud are unfounded and false.  The reality here is that he is dropping in the polls and isn’t likely to gain much ground in the remaining three months before the election, given the fact that the coronavirus continues to rage out of control, his federal troops are creating chaos in our cities, and he is his own worst enemy.

But more to the point, he does not have the power to postpone the election, the date of which was set by an 1845 federal law placing it the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  The date could move theoretically with action by Congress — but that would require agreement both by the Democrats who control the House and the Republicans who control the Senate. Neither side supports the idea.  Even the ignoble Mitch McConnell rebuffed Trump’s idea, saying that the election date is “set in stone.”

Representative Zoe Lofgren, chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, which has jurisdiction over elections, issued a statement saying …

“Americans have voted during the Civil War, in the midst of the Great Depression, in the shadow of World Wars, and in the wake of terrorist attacks. Americans will stand united to vote this November.”

Freedom House issued the following statement:

Washington  –  July 30, 2020 —  In response to President Donald Trump’s latest claims that mail-in voting will enable massive fraud in the November general elections, and suggestion that the elections be delayed, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The president does not have the power to delay the elections,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “The danger here is that he is using groundless claims about the integrity of mail-in voting to try to delegitimize the electoral process. Those of us who hold democracy dear must reject this ploy.”

“The president’s baseless attacks on the integrity of mail-in voting are grossly irresponsible and must end before any further damage to public confidence is done. It is extremely unusual, in the United States or anywhere in the world, for an incumbent leader to predict fraud in his own bid for reelection. President Trump has a duty to safeguard the electoral system while in office, and if he is concerned that state officials and the postal service are unprepared, he should ask Congress to allocate more resources without further delay.”

“The fact is that large-scale postal voting has been used safely for many years in several states, and electoral officials of both parties have moved to increase access to vote-by-mail procedures in light of the threat posed by COVID-19,” Abramowitz added. “While authorities should also ensure that in-person voting is safe and accessible, for instance by allowing early voting and extending voting hours on election day, mail-in voting has become an essential component of democratic practice in 2020.”

So, put your minds at ease, folks … the election will be held on November 3rd!

27 thoughts on “No, He Cannot Do That …

  1. You all sound so positive! Yes, the idea was even shot down by the Republicans.

    But that ain’t the point.

    What he has just done is lay down a marker. If anyone was ever in any doubt, he is going to do everything he possibly can to cling onto power after the election. Assuming he loses, he will consider nothing too extreme in his attempt to cling on. Be very worried.

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    • Sigh. I know you are right. He cannot cancel or postpone the election, but there is no doubt in my mind that he will resort to every dirty trick in the book to keep from being evicted from the Oval Office. Ultimately, we will get rid of him on January 20th … assuming he loses the election … but at what cost? Sigh.

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        • I wouldn’t count on that. Now, the republicans in Congress who have tied their futures to his, are very afraid right now and are working triple time to convince their base to re-elect them. But the average Trump supporter? I think they will feel somehow cheated. More than a few have threatened violence if he loses, and they are the ones who own the gun arsenals, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see blood shed in the streets if he loses. Sigh.

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  2. Jill, think back to my theory that Trump is always hiding something in the left side of his mouth when he is speaking out of the right side, or vice versa. Consider this. Trump is appearing to talk against mail-in voting when that is exactly what he wants. He has had plans being put in place for months, if not years. He knows how to work the system, and he is telling everyone what he is going to do by slyly blaming the Democrats for planning what he will be doing.
    This is a major component of the doublespeak the man (sic) is going to use. Like the way he made sure Joe Biden would be his opponent. Now he is discovering he may have made a mistake doing that, but it’s too late. So he is on to Plan B. Use the mail-in ballots to change the expected outcome of the election. I PREDICT RIGHT NOW THERE IS GOING TO BE A HUGE SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF VOTERS THIS NOVEMBER. If Trump still loses, it won’t be for lack of cheating.

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    • In this case, I don’t think so. See, the lower voter turnout, the better chance the republicans have, for it is largely the poor and minorities — democratic voters — who are kept from the polls by a number of disenfranchisement machinations. And this year, with the pandemic, you’ll notice the republicans have no problem getting out, partying and mingling, so standing in line at a polling place is unlikely to deter them, while it will deter some democrats. So, I think what he’s trying to do this time is fear-monger, convince at least his base that the vote will be dishonest, that there will be massive voter fraud, and thus when he loses, he can claim it wasn’t honest.

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      • The huge spike I am talking about is dead people voting, ballots cast by cats and dogs, characters from fiction books or movies, or just stolen identities. I have no idea what goes into voter security, but from the bits I read it is not much. I do understand it is up to the individual states to provide this security, A lot of republican states refused to update their security because Trump asked them not to. Why would Trump ask unless it was his intention to use every loophole he could. No, while real voter turnout may be down, despite every you, Jeff, and Jerry–and others–are trying to do, faux votes will be up. And this should concern you greatly. FOCUS, JILL, FOCUS! This man does not intend on losing. He will not be putting all his eggs in one basket.
        He is insane. Think insanely!

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  3. Don;t it just warm the cockles of yer ;eart to know that the Republicans voted against him too He cries that Mail-In voting is not secure and open to abuse because he says Mail-In favours the Democrats.. Of course in person voting favours the Republicans, not because they have greater numbers but because they have more polling booths. The polling booths for blacks and other POC in previous Republican elections have mysteriously disappeared or closed down early or even had groups of well armed white trash making threats to any who dare approach, With the Coronavirus likely to be still hunting victims, a Mail-In vote is likely safest for both sides even if not safest for Trump.
    Cwtch

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    • It did rather please me to read that republicans and democrats alike denied his ability to change the date, and especially that ol’ Mitchie said it, too. You are exactly right as to why in-person voting disenfranchises the poor and minorities far more than mail-in voting … polling places shuttered, relocated, or reduced hours, and restrictive voter ID laws. Additionally, in some places voter intimidation at the polls, though that is strictly illegal. Mail-in is … or would be … safest for all, but just tonight I’ve read about further slowdowns and problems in the USPS that could delay ballots. I believe this situation is contrived and our right to vote is being manipulated. I have long voted by mail, but if I have to go to the polls to make my voice heard, I will, and I will wear my Obama shirt proudly as I walk into that school!
      Cwtch

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    DATE IS SET N STONE … “He does not have the power to postpone the election, the date of which was set by an 1845 federal law placing it the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The date could move theoretically with action by Congress – but that would require agreement both by the Democrats who control the House and the Republicans who control the Senate. “

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  5. He may not have the power but we will hear his whining!!! Did you hear him whining about how people don’t like him as much as they like Dr.Facci and how that isn’t right because he is the President!
    Oh , let me just smack my head!

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    • Oh yes, I heard … stay tuned for my a.m. post … well, it is already out, or will be at 3:00 a.m. … where Chris Cuomo explains to Trump why ‘nobody likes’ him. I’ve smacked my head so many times it isn’t even round anymore. Sigh.

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  6. Jill, I am glad all of Congress stood firm against the tweeter. He continues to sow seeds of doubt, as he has done nothing other than lie about the election process. Similarly, he has inflamed fires of racial division, when a real leader would be uniting (General James Mattis’ quote that Trump does nor even try to unite us comes to mind).

    But, worse, people are dying in America and he has spread misinformation and blamed others. Americans and our democracy need this incumbent to be defeated.

    Watching John Lewis’ funeral, many key traits were highlighted that are not evident in the president – kindness, courage, advocacy, eg. But, a staff member noted how many folks have worked for Lewis for 20 plus and 10 plus years. Contrast that to a president who has the most turnover of any president. What does that say? Keith

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    • Yes, I was pleased to see both republicans and democrats in Congress say, “No way, José!” Especially even Mitch McConnell, one of Trump’s lapdogs. He complains about his poll numbers, but just imagine if he had taken the bull by the horns at the very beginning of his term and used his power, his office, to unite rather than divide. Imagine if he had taken a firm stance PRO environment, rather than against it? And imagine if he had been upfront and honest about the coronavirus in the very beginning, admitted to his mistakes, and committed much-needed resources to public health, turning over the operations to the experts? Why, he might actually be polling above 50% now … a number he has not reached a single day in his tenure in office. He blames everyone else, but … in truth, he has only himself to blame, for he has ruined everything he has touched. The difference between John Lewis and Donald Trump is 180° … there really is no comparison.

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