Can Trump delay an election? Only if Republicans let him

Can Trump delay an election? Only if Republicans let him

To the editor: It was only a matter of time before President Trump suggested that the Nov. 3 election be postponed, and it has finally happened. The reasoning is Trump’s assertion that the upcoming contest will be the most corrupt in history, which would accurately characterize any election in which he is a candidate. Never mind the fact that the Constitution affords a president no power whatsoever to postpone elections. Trump has not ever recognized any limitation on what he has the ability to do, hence his prior statement, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” Maybe with assistance from his attorney general and a crooked Republican Senate that looks the other way, he can find a way. This follows the lifelong playbook of the president: If you know you cannot win legitimately, cheat. Does anyone believe Trump would be making the suggestion to postpone the election if he thought he would win? Let’s make a deal, Mr. President: Congress and the people will agree to postpone the election indefinitely. But by law, your term ends on Jan. 20, 2021, at which point, if no election has been held, President Nancy Pelosi will be sworn in. To the editor: There are different strategies that leaders use to remain in power. They can try to pass constitutional amendments to weaken or abolish term limits (Bolivia, Egypt, Burundi, Venezuela and Russia, among many others), stage a military coup (which I witnessed in my native Argentina), retain their power by force or ...
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