President Trump could look to postpone the November elections amid the ongoing coronavirus, former Vice President Joe Biden predicted on Thursday evening.
Biden, the only remaining Democratic candidate in a once crowded 2020 field, said the president will likely come up with an excuse to push back the election until a more opportune time for him.
Historically, U.S. presidents do not well in their re-election attempts when the economy is suffering and the coronavirus has brought the economy to its knees. Virtually every job created since 2007 has been erased and Trump’s re-election effort could be what pays the ultimate price.
That is, unless he can recover before the election.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Biden said Trump will push back the election to give himself more time to resurrect the economy.
“Mark my words: I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow; come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said, as the Washington Examiner reports. “Imagine threatening not to fund the post office. Now, what in God’s name is that about? Other than trying to let the word out that he’s going to do all he can to make it very hard for people to vote. That’s the only way he thinks he can possibly win.”
As the Washington Examiner reports, another factor at play is how people will end up voting on Election Day: “The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a debate over mail-in voting and absentee ballots as states are ordering people not to leave their home and primaries are canceled.”
Will Trump allow exclusively mailed-in results? Will people be able to venture to the polls, as they would before the coronavirus outbreak? Will the process change the result?
The Washington Examiner adds:
Only Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah conduct their elections entirely by mail. More than half of states allow voters to participate in elections via absentee ballots without needing an explanation.
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Trump has expressed concern about large-scale mail-in voting, arguing it has “tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”
Biden later promised, “You can be assured, between [Trump] and the Russians, there is going to be an attempt to interfere.”