Washington | us president Donald Trump spoke Thursday, for the first time, a possible postponement of the presidential election, highlighting the risks of fraud related to the epidemic of COVID-19.
“2020 will be the election of the most inaccurate and the most fraudulent of the story,” he tweeted, referring to the expanded use vote by correspondence for the election of 3 November.
“This will be a real shame for the United States. Postpone the election until the people can vote normally, safely??? “, he added.
Only the Congress has the power to decide on the postponement of a presidential election.
Several u.s. States want to make voting by mail more accessible in order to limit as much as possible the spread of the COVID-19. Many of them allow this system of voting for years and have not reported major problems, aside from isolated incidents.
For several weeks, Donald Trump, faced with polls very unfavourable, brandished yet the specter of massive fraud. His remarks on this topic have pushed the end of may Twitter to report for the first time, one of his tweets as being misleading.
At the end of April, her democratic opponent Joe Biden had predicted that the billionaire would do his utmost to postpone the election.
“Remember what I say to you, I think he’s going to try to postpone the elections one way or another, find reasons why they can’t occur,” he started.
A few days later, Mr. Trump, when asked at a press briefing at the White House, had categorically ruled out this hypothesis.
“I never thought of changing the date (…) Why would I do that? “he answered, referring to” the propaganda ” of the camp democrat.
The tweet from presidential evoking the possibility of a postponement of the election was sent a few minutes after the announcement of a historic fall of the u.s. GDP in the second quarter (-32,09%) under the effect of the pandemic COVID-19.