WASHINGTON: Nearly all outstanding Republican lawmakers on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that November’s presidential election must be delayed, reminding their chief that he didn’t have the authority to take action.
The lawmakers additionally reminded the Republican president that the US Structure offers Congress the ability to set the date for voting, to not the president.
“I don’t think that’s a particularly good idea,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, who can be an in depth Trump ally, informed CNN when requested to touch upon Mr Trump’s suggestion.
“I think that’s probably a statement that gets some press attention, but I doubt it gets any serious traction,” mentioned Senate Majority Whip John Thune, a member of the central Republican management.
“I think we’ve had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year,” he informed CNN.
Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, additionally a Republican, insisted that the election will go on as deliberate.
“Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions, and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally-scheduled election on time. We’ll find a way to do that again this November 3rd,” he mentioned in an interview with WNKY TV.
President Trump wrote in a tweet on Thursday: “With Universal Mail-In Voting, 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???”
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger responded to Trump’s thought in a tweet, saying: “Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress. And I will oppose any attempts to delay the 2020 Election.”
“We should go forward with our election” as scheduled, mentioned Home Republican chief Kevin McCarthy, “no way should we ever not hold our election on the day that we have it.”
Printed in Daybreak, August 1st, 2020