On Thursday, President Trump floated delaying November’s presidential election lending extraordinary voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he currently trails his opponent by double digits.
The President posted a tweet Thursday morning, coming 96 days before the election, and offered the suggestion because he is afraid that the contest will be flawed.
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” President Trump wrote.
“Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Trump questioned.
Trump’s campaign stated that the President was offering a query.
“The President is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting,” campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
“They are using coronavirus as their means to try to institute universal mail-in voting, which means sending every registered voter a ballot whether they asked for one or not,” he added.
Attorney General William Barr said that he has “no reason to think” that the upcoming election will be “rigged,” but he also said that he believes that “if you have wholesale mail-in voting, it substantially increases the risk of fraud.”