(NEW YORK) The Civil War. The Spanish flu. The Second World War. Each of these crises has exposed the United States to great loss of life and disrupted the daily lives of its citizens. But none of them prevented American voters from going to the polls on the scheduled date.
Never mind: Donald Trump stood out from all of his predecessors on Thursday by becoming the first President of the United States to discuss postponing a presidential election. He raised this hypothesis at the end of a tweet where he reiterated his unfounded fears of fraud in connection with the expanded use of postal voting in this time of pandemic.
“2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election of the 'history. It will be a real shame for the United States, “tweeted the president, who lags behind in the polls on Democratic rival Joe Biden.
And to add this question that aroused the disapproval of Democrats and Republicans: “Postpone the election until people can safely vote normally ??? “
Experts were quick to make it known that President Trump had no power to postpone the next presidential election, which has a date of November 3.
According to the Constitution, only Congress can amend the federal law of 924 by virtue of which the presidential ballot must take place “the Tuesday following the first Monday in November”. An amendment to this law could also require the adoption by the Senate and the House of Representatives of a constitutional amendment changing the date of the end of the presidential term.
In short, in the current state of affairs, the scenario mentioned by Donald Trump is virtually impossible. But his chirping still troubled many.