The handwriting went up on the Twitter wall this morning, when Donald Trump finally suggested delaying the November election — as Joe Biden predicted he would in April. And Biden was soundly denounced for it, as you may recall. “Mark my words I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said, and the blow back was brutal. Raw Story:
“Former vice president Joe Biden’s unfounded accusation Thursday that President Trump wants to delay November’s election was not only clearly over the line but also unmasks how low the supposedly moderate Biden will go to win,” wrote Henry Olsen in the Washington Post.
“Some within Democratic Party circles hold fervently to the idea President Trump will arbitrarily decide to postpone the election,” scolded columnist Byron Williams of the Winston-Salem Journal. “This belief fits neatly into a narrative ascribed to the president. As they see it, his penchant for authoritarianism makes him America’s Hitler incarnate.”
And Trump-defending attorney Jonathan Turley chided Biden for fanning a “conspiracy theory” about Trump delaying the election in a column for The Hill.
“The ultimate conspiracy theory was declared by the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, who warned that he was certain Trump plans to delay the election this fall,” Turley wrote. “It is a conspiracy theory utterly without factual or constitutional support, yet his warning was deemed a ‘prediction’ by Politico in a recent article.”
If it was deemed a prediction, that’s a good call, because prediction it was. Verily, it has come to pass. And while we take our hat off to Joe Biden for calling the shot, it’s not like one has to be a political Nostradamus to figure out that Donald Trump, terrified by cratering polls, is going to do anything he can to screw up this election. That’s a given.
Trump is testing the waters to see if his base and the Republicans in Congress will so along with delaying the election. He tried the same thing when he mentioned (jokingly) that (maybe) he should be president for life. Sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did go along with it.
— Minerva (@Minerva47874627) July 30, 2020
This is Trump's most dangerous Tweet ever. And I know that is saying something. It is not within his power to change the date of the election. But that he wants to try should set off alarms everywhere. He is publicly contemplating a dangerous, authoritarian power grab. https://t.co/QhOMi6AlTr
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 30, 2020
Trump CANNOT delay the election. Date of the general election is set by federal law, fixed since 1845. It would take a change in federal law – an act of Congress – to move that date.
If he wants people to safely vote, he should urge the Senate to pass $3.6B in election funding. https://t.co/uyoZbjB5rF
— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) July 30, 2020
We all knew it was coming to this. Make no mistake about it: Any announcement of a delay of the election will be a declaration of war against America by our criminal president. https://t.co/fIAE4spGWd
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 30, 2020
Joe Biden, April 23: "Mark my words: I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow; come up with some rationale why it can't be held."
President Trump, April 27: "I never even thought of changing the date of the election. Why would I do that?"
July 30: https://t.co/NXMXztlZCV
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) July 30, 2020
🚨Trump cannot delay the election. Only Congress, through a new law could do so. In any event, per the US Constitution his term expires noon on January 20. That cannot be moved, period.https://t.co/hqg8j1vGZD https://t.co/K7Cxt3Q2qJ
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) July 30, 2020
And that is the bottom line. Only an act of Congress can change the law, and with the Democrats ruling the House, I don’t see this as a shoo in. Moreover, shortly after Trump’s tweet, Fox News’ political reporter denounced Trump’s comment.
Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt tells Fox viewers that Trump floating an election delay is a "flagrant expression of his current weakness" and telegraphs his "weak position in the polls and his weak position for re-election." pic.twitter.com/G9VlN5RLOr
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 30, 2020
And Wyoming GOP Senator John Barrasso was on Fox Business, and he told host Stuart Varney, “No, we’re not going to delay the election, Stuart. We’re going to have the election completed and voting completed by election day. It’s going to take a while to get all the votes counted. I am certain — we need to continue to do this state by state.”
It doesn’t look like Trump is getting a lot of support for this fascistic notion. Well, let’s see how Kayleigh and Kellyanne spin it. They’re probably at their cauldron right now, throwing eye of newt into the steaming vapors — or maybe they’re calling Newt on the phone — while they desperately seek a spell in their political grimoire to mass hypnotize the nation. Good luck, girls. Donald Trump just self-immolated.