A Republican lawmaker broke with President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE on Thursday and said he would oppose any attempts to delay the November election after Trump floated the idea.
“Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress,” Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerDemocratic leaders racing toward Monday infrastructure vote House GOP to whip against bipartisan infrastructure bill WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill MORE (R-Ill.) tweeted in response to the president. "And I will oppose any attempts to delay the #2020Election."
Kinzinger’s tweet came after Trump in a tweet Thursday morning pitched the idea of delaying the election — something he does not have the power to do.
Trump launched into fresh attacks against mail-in voting and suggested that absentee or mail-in ballots could result in 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???" the president wrote.
There is no evidence to support the idea that either absentee or mail-in ballots increase voter fraud. It also does not appear that there will be universal mail-in voting this fall, though some states require mail-in ballots.
The question from Trump comes as he continues to trail presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE in national polls.
The tweet also marks a departure from Trump’s previous stance of keeping the election on Nov. 3, despite concerns about the safety of in-person voting during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Biden in late April predicted Trump may try to push back the election, a suggestion the Trump’s campaign dismissed at the time as "the incoherent, conspiracy theory ramblings of a lost candidate who is out of touch with reality."
The president’s suggestion was met with fierce backlash from Democratic lawmakers.
"There is no way @POTUS can delay the election. We shouldn't let him distract us from his #COVID19 incompetence," Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallOvernight Defense: Milley reportedly warned Trump against Iran strikes | Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer killed in Afghanistan | 70 percent of active-duty military at least partially vaccinated Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin MORE (D-N.M.) tweeted. "But the fact that he is even suggesting it is a serious, chilling attack on the democratic process. All members of Congress— and the administration— should speak out."
There is no way @POTUS can delay the election. We shouldn't let him distract us from his #COVID19 incompetence.— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) July 30, 2020
But the fact that he is even suggesting it is a serious, chilling attack on the democratic process. All members of Congress— and the administration— should speak out. pic.twitter.com/saznCjSe0N
“No king for America. Trump suggesting indefinite delay in the election—absolutely jaw dropping arrogance. Unconscionable & unconstitutional,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote.
No king for America. Trump suggesting indefinite delay in the election—absolutely jaw dropping arrogance. Unconscionable & unconstitutional. https://t.co/gJAOZ7uvpg— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) July 30, 2020
Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE (D-Ill.) simply responded by quoting the paragraph from the U.S. Constitution which gives Congress the right to determine the time and date of elections.
“The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.”— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) July 30, 2020
— The U.S. Constitution https://t.co/cbuERgYuK0