In a Thursday morning tweet, Donald Trump again railed against mail-in voting, but he also took it a step further; raising the prospect of delaying the November election “until people can properly, securely and safely vote.”
Trump’s poll numbers are plummeting, and many, including the presumptive democratic nominee, have long predicted the president would float something like this:
Is this real or even possible? First, many are saying the tweet is a diversion to the terrible economic numbers released this morning. The GDP declined at an annual rate of 33% as the full effects of the coronavirus took hold. It was the worst drop on record.
Secondly, it would take an act of Congress to change the voting date. That’s considered extremely unlikely.
Meanwhile, while some people may be quick to dismiss tweets like this, it’s important to remember that the president’s messages can impact the economy. After the remark today, CNBC’s Jim Kramer said, “It sows chaos, and chaos is bad for the stock market.”
Later on Thursday afternoon, this word from the Senate Majority Leader:
The New York Times adds:
Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination who have since become staunch Trump supporters, both dismissed the idea that Election Day could change. Senator Lindsey Graham, Mr. Trump’s foremost public defender in the Senate, said there would be a safe vote in November. And officials in key swing states showed little interest in engaging on the topic.
“We’re going to have an election, it’s going to be legitimate, it’s going to be credible, it’s going to be the same as it’s always been,” Mr. Rubio told reporters at the Capitol in Washington.
Mr. Cruz agreed. “I think election fraud is a serious problem,” he said. “But, no, we should not delay the election.”