Trump’s ‘delay the election’ a classic diversion

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On the day the American economy plunged a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and has his popularity falling further, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the November US Election should be delayed.

The US presidential election has never been postponed, even during the Civil War, World War II and other times of national crisis. It will not happen as it needs an act of Congress to change, but Donald Trump was trying to deflect the shocking economic data released in the US, which shows no signs of abating.

The Trump administration’s estimate of the second-quarter fall in the gross domestic product has no comparison since records began in 1947. The previous worst quarterly contraction — at 10%, less than a third of what was reported on Thursday — occurred in 1958 during the Eisenhower administration, AP News reported.

So steep was the economic fall last quarter that most analysts expect a sharp rebound for the current July-September period. But with coronavirus cases rising in the majority of states and the Republican Senate proposing to scale back aid to the unemployed, the pain is likely to continue and potentially worsen in the months ahead.

Donald Trump, never mentioning the disastrous economic data, tweeted that the US election should be delayed because universal mail-in voting was open to fraud.

Donald Trump kept up the fraudulent claim at a White House briefing later on Thursday, issuing dire warnings about the integrity of the November presidential election.

“These elections will be fraudulent, they’ll be fixed, they’ll be rigged,” he said.

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Democratic Party presidential nominee candidate Joe Biden has won the primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Trump is trailing Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president, by double digits in national opinion polls, and Donald Trump’s support is lagging behind in key battleground states.

Democrats have wanted to expand the use of mail ballots in the US Election to make it easier to vote during the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 155,000 Americans. Almost 62,000 people were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Thursday, with 1,178 people dying from the virus.

Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah already conduct elections almost entirely through the mailing system and California plans to broaden the use of mail-in ballots.

Donald Trump himself voted by mail in the last Florida Republican primary.

It was just another diversionary tactic. And it worked.

It was the #1 rated story on numerous news websites. The two most popular stories on the BBC News website was about the election fraud.

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