President Donald Trump seemed to row back on the possibility of holding the 2020 election on Thursday, even as he proceeded to raise concerns about attempts to broaden mail-in voting in some states to respond to the coronavirus.
Trump attracted bipartisan derision on Thursday to challenge whether the general election should be delayed due to pandemic voting issues – and his long-standing and unproven argument that mail-in ballots would lead to electoral fraud. The proposal was bluntly opposed by Congressional Republicans and Democrats accused the president of attempting to create uncertainty if the election was not going his way.
Trump did not foreclose trying to press for a pause in voting following the blowback – a proposal that would need Congressional approval. Instead, he suggested that he did not support a delay though at the same time lamenting attempts to increase mail-in votes.
Democrats on Trump
Democrats said the latest comments by Trump were not particularly persuasive. Also, probably foreshadowed a continuing attempt to cast doubt on the result. Trump is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in battleground states, although analysts from both sides acknowledge that the landscape has ample time to change. Political critics have said Trump is simply trying to challenge the election. It is either through a call for delay or through a complaint about mail-in balloting.
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson also challenged the approach Trump had adopted.
Throughout the day Thursday, the president had “pinned” the election tweet. It is to his Twitter feed, ensuring its 84.3 million followers would see it. The pin removes in late Thursday. Trump also called for Congress to support a short-term extension. It is of unemployment insurance, a proposal that has been welcomed for Capitol Hill by Republicans. But Democrats have met with strong opposition. All parties fail to negotiate yet another round of stimulus to resolving the virus’ economic damage.
Democrats want a larger agreement that would contain other clauses on stimulus. Trump started his remarks Thursday by offering his condolences. It is to former Republican presidential nominee Herman Cain, who died during a COVID-19 battle.
After a week-long absence, Trump returned July 21 to deliver daily COVID-19 briefings. He had begun in the pandemic earlier. As in the past, Trump has kept fairly short the current round of meetings. Also, has not asked members of the coronavirus task force in the White House to join him on the podium. Trump last answered questions in Tuesday’s briefing room. According to Johns Hopkins University, the nation has soared past 150,000 COVID-19 deaths since. Several large states, including California and Florida, set new records for deaths from viruses.