Keep the option to contest the election result open
Donald Trump rows back. His idea of postponing the election has met with widespread opposition even in his own party
For months, US President Donald Trump has been trying to sow doubts about the legality of the upcoming presidential election. In particular, the scenario of corona-related postal voting serves him as a fear scenario. His proposal to even postpone the election altogether (the president and the three question marks) has met with widespread opposition, including from within his own party.
Even Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a close ally of Trump, took a stand against this idea. “Never in the history of this country, through wars, depression and civil war, have we ever had a punctual election planned by the federal government,” said McConnell. “We’ll find a way to do it again on November 3rd.”
The leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, was equally clear. “We have never held an election in the history of federal elections, and we should move forward with that election,” said McCarthy. Senator Lindsay Graham, another of Trump’s confidants, said a postponement was “not a good idea.”
Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa, the senior Republican in the Senate at 86, found particularly clear words. “I can only say it doesn’t matter what a single person says in this country,” said Grassley. “We are still a rule of law and we want to abide by the law.” Liz Cheney, who sits in the House of Representatives for the Republicans, even explained“Republican opposition to this idea is overwhelming.”
According to the news agency Associated Press many Republicans were on a tightrope. On the one hand, they should at least reject Trump’s most erratic behaviors and ideas. On the other hand, they are dependent on the support of Trump’s enthusiastic voter base in autumn to have a chance in the upcoming election. Therefore, support for Trump is unlikely to wane among Republicans.
Apparently, Trump saw himself as one because of the broad opposition to the election postponement he had raised forced a quick U-turn. “I want a choice and a result much, much more than you,” he said at a press conference the same day. “I don’t want a shift. I want to have a choice,” said the president.
Trump is unlikely to worry about the legitimacy of the election result alone. He is not known to take the rules of the American political and legal system particularly seriously. If he assessed his chances of success as particularly good, then he would hardly try to raise systematic doubts about the correctness of the result of an election that has not yet taken place. Obviously, he wants to keep the option open to contest the election result.
On the other hand, there are actually practical aspects that make the conduct of the election in November seem problematic. Because the pandemic, especially if it accelerates in autumn, would pose a significant health risk for voters. Whether and to what extent the choice will be safe this is indicated by “The Atlantic”However, it also depends on the extent to which the President is finally making serious efforts to contain the pandemic.
It was to be expected that the resistance from Trump’s push would meet the hard resistance of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi replied to Trump’s tweet with their own tweet, in which they refer to the United States Constitution noted: “Congress can determine when to vote and on which day they should vote, this day should be the same throughout the United States.”
Trump could not postpone the election at all.
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