GOP lawmaker says he will oppose any attempts to delay election

A Republican lawmaker broke with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet 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 KinzingerLegal experts blast Trump floating election delay FEC commissioner to Trump: 'No. You don't have the power to move the election' GOP lawmaker says he will oppose any attempts to delay election MORE (R-Ill.) tweeted in response to the president. "And I will oppose any attempts to delay the #2020Election."

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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.

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The question from Trump comes as he continues to trail presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' 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 UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Democrats introduce bill to ban chlorpyrifos, other pesticides to protect farmworkers GOP lawmaker says he will oppose any attempts to delay election 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."

“No king for America. Trump suggesting indefinite delay in the election—absolutely jaw dropping arrogance. Unconscionable & unconstitutional,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote.

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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWhitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package 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.