(WASHINGTON)—President Donald Trump’s suggestion this morning that the U.S. should delay the November election is a dangerous attempt to undermine the election and a threat to our democracy.
Congress has the power to set elections, not the president, and there are no legitimate concerns about fraud with mail-in voting. Mail-in ballots are a secure form of voting that the American military has been using since the Civil War. Trump’s push to delay the election appears to be a politically motivated attempt to preemptively call the election results into question. His tweet clearly aims to distract from bad economic news and is not based on legitimate concerns about the integrity of the upcoming election.
Every leader in our government should strongly and publicly condemn the president’s comments. We cannot let anyone undermine our democracy.
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