The US Constitution gives the power to regulate the “time, place and manner” of elections to the US House and Senate, while Congress is also entitled to change the rules. Nowhere is the president given such power.
In addition, the constitution declares a hard end to the presidency on January 20 in the year following the presidential election.
Trump’s beep came shortly after the report showed that the US economy contracted 9.5 percent between April and June, the biggest quarterly decline since the government began publishing data 70 years ago, and the last sober reflection of the economic devastation of the pandemic .
It was not clear from Trump̵7;s tweets whether he intended to ask Congress to postpone the election or whether he believed he could act alone.
As more states turned to voting rights in response to the pandemic, Trump repeatedly tried to undermine the method, often with unsubstantiated allegations. According to interviews with The Washington Post, he has attacked nearly 70 times since the end of March since interviews, notes and tweets, including at least 17 times this month.
Trump also argued that voting tends to harm Republicans at the polls.
Democrats quickly suggested that Trump’s proposal reflect the realization that he could lose to supposed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a leader in national and many polls on the battlefield.
“Donald Trump is scared,” tweeted Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Who is considered one of Biden’s running partners. “He knows he’s going to lose @ JoeBiden. It will require each of us to make it happen. See you at the ballot box on November 3, @realDonaldTrump. “
Amy Gardner and Elise Viebeck contributed to this report.