In 1845, Congress set in law the date for presidential elections, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. That is why the 2020 election is set for November 3rd. However, a recent Trump tweet flirted with the idea of delaying the election. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Critics on both the right and the left slammed Trump for the suggestion. For both sides, the suggestion reflects an authoritarian worldview.
One critic is Steven Calabresi, a co-founder of the conservative Federalist Society and a professor at Northwestern University’s law school. Since 1980, Professor Calabresi has voted Republican in every election. But in the New York Times, he wrote “Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats’ assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate.”
Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, thinks that Trump should delete the tweet. “This is not an idea anyone, especially POTUS, should float. Our democracy is based on elections in which everyone knows the rules and they apply to all,” Fleischer said. “Mr. President – please don’t even pretend to mess with this. It’s a harmful idea.”
Joe Biden’s campaign saw the suggestion was a distraction from the new polling numbers that show their candidate with a commanding lead nationally and consistent lead even in battleground states.