People love Trump because he fearlessly makes unprecedented–and at times decidedly unpresidential—comments. The president often makes over-the-top statements that are intentionally exaggerated to get his point across to people. This is a strategy he uses to start negotiations, bait the Left into giving him publicity, and force his media critics into reporting what he says to their base.
The Left never gets it. Every time the mainstream media has a complete meltdown over what he says, they give him exactly what he wants. This is why the Left continues to lose.
On Thursday morning, President Trump controversially posed the idea that, if election integrity is impossible to achieve, the 2020 presidential election may need to be delayed.
He wrote on Twitter, “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. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
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. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Both Democrats and Republicans have quickly denounced Trump’s idea. Many are saying the President of the United States does not have the power to delay an election, however, if I know Trump, there is always credibility behind what he says. Congress may control the date of the election, but the President may have other legal actions that are within his power to take.
We can’t forget that we are living in unprecedented times. Normal rules don’t apply right now. Remember we were all just forced to stay within the confines of our homes in most states across America. People in California went to work with a permit stating they work at an “essential” business, just in case they got pulled over by law enforcement for being outside.
Trump has something called “emergency powers” that give him more authority during a state of emergency. Let’s face it, we are in the midst of a political crisis in this country. We are facing anarchist threats from domestic terrorist groups, a Marxist takeover sponsored by the Left, and now possibly tampering via mail-in ballots. I don’t want to pretend that our election integrity and political systems at large are not facing a major threat, and neither does Trump.
Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley said it perfectly: “The President is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting,” he 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.”
As if mail-in voter fraud was a myth, The Washington Post accused the president of repeatedly attempting, “to undermine the method, often with unsubstantiated claims. He has attacked mail voting nearly 70 times since late March in interviews, remarks and tweets, including at least 17 times this month, according to a tally by The Washington Post.”
There are countless examples of confirmed voter fraud, even reported by CNN themselves, who contradicted their own reports of the federal crime.
CNN had such a meltdown over Trump’s idea that they outright lied to their base. “There is no evidence that mail-in voting leads to fraud,” they said.
In June, CNN reported on an investigation of multiple instances of voter fraud in New Jersey, and I quote, “The investigation began after the US Postal Inspection Service found hundreds of mail-in ballots in a mailbox in Paterson. Numerous additional ballots were found in another mailbox in nearby Haledon, according to a release from the attorney general. The May 12 elections in New Jersey were conducted by mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
There are countless other examples of known voter fraud and we’re supposed to believe it just isn’t going to happen again during one of the most divisive, hyper-partisan political climates in our country’s history? Especially when it’s just one party strongly advocating for the use of mail-in ballots?
Voter fraud is NOT a “myth.” It is a very real threat to our elections.
Besides this, since our country has been shut down for almost half of an election year, it begs the question, is it fair to voters to hold an election they are not as educated on as they would be during a normal election year?
The Democrats are already hiding Joe Biden away. Biden can’t hold regular press conferences, make public appearances, or debate Trump, because of what they say are “coronavirus” fears. By the Democrat party’s own logic, until coronavirus fears are gone, we can’t be exposed to their running candidate. Therefore, if we are not properly educated, it would only be fair that we delay the election until coronavirus is over.
Average voters shouldn’t be expected to cast a ballot for a candidate they know little about in comparison to the President, right? Democrats are depriving Americans of making an educated voting decision.
In this sense, delaying the election should be something Republicans and Democrats agree on. I see a perfectly logical argument to delay this election for these two main reasons: 1. Our votes are at a high risk of being compromised by power-hungry Leftists, and 2. Democrats are purposely trying to force us to vote without a fair election process.
Anyway, delaying the election is still unlikely to happen. However, just the idea of Trump considering it is enough to threaten the Democrats into suddenly supporting in-person voting. The last thing they want is a delayed election where Joe Biden continues to show cognitive decline, and where they have to keep coming up with ploys to trick people into voting for them. They are counting on limited time until election day. Extending it would throw a massive wrench into their plans.
So, despite an abundance of good reasons to delay the election, that likely isn’t the President’s end goal here. Ultimately, I think scaring the Democrats is the president’s entire goal in his statement because that could be enough to make them change their tune.