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Trump Gets Schooled After He Suggests Delaying the Election in Unhinged Tweet Railing Against Mail-In Voting

Trump Gets Schooled After He Suggests Delaying the Election in Unhinged Tweet Railing Against Mail-In Voting
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With calls for expanded mail-in voting measures in the face of the pandemic that's killed over 150 thousand Americans, President Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against voting by mail.

The President says that "absentee voting," which he erroneously believes holds a significant distinction from voting by mail, is permissible if one has a reason. Trump voted absentee in the Florida primary, despite being in Florida for a golf getaway during the early voting period.

The President has also said that if elections were held as normal in World Wars I and II, then they can be held normally during a pandemic. He didn't acknowledge that soldiers overseas in these wars voted by mail, nor that the wars weren't fought on American soil.

On Thursday morning, Trump yet again railed against voting by mail—and even suggested postponing the 2020 United States Election.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden predicted in April that Trump would call for a delay of the November election:

"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."

The Trump campaign said that this and other Biden predictions were "the incoherent, conspiracy theory ramblings of a lost candidate who is out of touch with reality."

Three months later, Trump is wondering about delaying the election, but there's just one problem.

Under the United States Constitution, only Congress has the power to set the date for the election and it must be the same for the entire country:

"The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States."

People began informing Trump that the date of the election was beyond his power.

People pointed out that regardless of whether or not the election is delayed, if a new President isn't elected by January 20, the incumbent's first term is still over.

Trump inadvertently floated the idea of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) being promoted to President in 2021, however temporarily.

Others insist that Trump is yet again trying to distract the public from other developments, such as the most precipitous drop of the national GDP in American history.

Trump pinned the tweet to the top of his profile.