Congressional Republicans pushed back on Donald Trump’s suggestion that the 2020 presidential election should be delayed.
Trump tweeted Thursday that mail-in voting would “be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.”
He suggested the election be delayed “until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Hours after Trump’s tweet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assured a Kentucky news station that the government would make sure the election takes place on Nov. 3.
“Never in the history of the country, through wars and depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time, and we’ll find a way to do that again this November third,” McConnell told WNKY-TV.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) assured reporters that the law was clear about the election date.
“All these things are pretty well set and have been going on for decades,” Grassley said. “So we are a country based on the rule of law, so nobody is going to change anything until we change the law.”
When asked whether Trump’s suggestion on Twitter was appropriate, Grassley said: “It doesn’t matter what an individual in this country says; we still are a country based on the rule of law.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pointed out that the U.S. has never missed an election.
“Never in the history of federal elections have we ever not held an election, and we should go forward with our election,” he said.
— Max Winitz (@MaxWinitz) July 30, 2020