Trump's rationale was his claim, not backed by evidence, that large-scale use of mail-in voting as a way to protect voters during the pandemic will lead to mass fraud. Trump also said he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting - a measure that many election observers see as critical given the coronavirus pandemic.
So, I want to see- I want an election and a result, much- much more than you.
Some Republicans - and many Democrats - expressed alarm at the president's apparent disregard for the limits of his power.
"Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster".
The government reported Thursday that USA economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9% annual rate in the April-June quarter, by far the worst quarterly plunge ever, as the coronavirus outbreak shut down businesses, threw tens of millions out of work and sent unemployment surging to 14.7%.
An average poll of polls by fivethirtyeight.com puts Biden on 50%, with Trump lagging behind on 41.7%.
"These messages from Trump are meant to promote chaos and confusion, and undermine confidence in our elections".
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Trump also repeated a fear that he and Attorney General William Barr have raised, about foreign countries counterfeiting ballots.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump was evasive when pressed to answer whether he would accept the results of the November 3 vote.
Mr Trump's tweet calling for a delay comes as he trails Democrat rival Joe Biden in the polls and the United States faces a multi-pronged crisis: a coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 150,000 lives, a crippling recession sparked by the outbreak and nationwide protests against police violence and racism.
But at a time where the president has shown a willingness to deploy federal agents throughout American cities, the combined prospect of him wanting to delay the election adds a frightening element to the discourse.
Top Republicans in Congress quickly rebuffed Trump's suggestion.
"The President's suggestion of delaying the election on the day we lay John Lewis to rest is the most despicable affront to his memory & legacy". He said in a statement that the president was "just raising a question" about Democratic efforts to expand vote-by-mail during the pandemic, which he argued would lead to "chaos and severe delays with results".
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, both Republicans, also reportedly dismissed the idea. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a staunch Trump ally, told CNN.
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Political analysts saw the comment as a sign of desperation.
The director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Chris Krebs, told the Brookings Institution on July 17th, "I've said it before, and I'll say it again".
We can never ever forget the people whom we have lost. The president has attacked mail voting almost 70 times since late March in interviews, remarks and tweets, including at least 17 times this month.
In addition, the constitution spells out a hard end to a president's and vice-president's terms on January 20 in the year following a presidential election, whether an election is held or not.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, simply tweeted the relevant passage from the constitution granting Congress the power to set election dates.
The unsubstantiated claim from Trump comes as he lags behind Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls ahead of November's presidential election. For that primary, the state sent every voter a mail ballot application.
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