WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the idea of delaying the November election because of issues stemming from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The suggestion came from a tweet where he said universal mail-in voting would cause the most “fraudulent election in history.”
“It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Trump tweeted.
What followed was a day of reactions from legal experts, political allies and rivals, and a press conference where he appeared to take back some of his earlier statements.
Here is what you need to know about Trump’s tweet, the reaction and some of the legal conversations that took place as the day unfolded.
Trump later claims tweet was to start discussion
Trump tweeted later Thursday, writing, “Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!).”