The final months of the 2020 presidential campaign have sparked a massive furor after President Donald Trump announced Friday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. On Thursday, he suggested that the November election could be postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
US President Donald Trump has claimed that this year’s election results were “rigged” and refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power in the event of defeat. Trump’s tweets are likely to fuel critics and observers who fear the president is trying to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. In a July tweet, he suggested the US should postpone the November election over baseless claims that mail – when it comes to voting – was fraudulent, something he has no power to do.
Back in April, Trump’s rival Joe Biden predicted: “Trump is trying to somehow postpone the election and is making excuses why it can’t be held,” he predicted. Biden’s ad is based on polls showing that a small portion of Americans believe Trump will be re-elected. Twelve analysts predict a Trump victory in 2020, according to a new Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll, while Biden predicts a loss for his rival. Of the 12 analysts who predicted a contested election, 11 predicted a contested election, seven chose Trump as the winner and seven chose Hillary Clinton.
Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but won the Electoral College. The investigation also revealed a major flaw in the 2016 election, when Trump beat her in the Electoral College. Trump said at the Republican National Convention on August 24: ‘The only way to take away our election is if it’s rigged,’ he said. Voters who dislike Trump and Hillary Clinton have opted for Clinton – a feat that now-President Trump wants to repeat this year.
Meanwhile, Democrats are bracing for a nightmare scenario in which an unelected court, using minority resources, is asked to decide the disputed 2020 election and grant a second term to a president who has never won popular votes. But Trump cannot unilaterally annul or delay the already well-underway November 3 presidential election, and he cannot even use his executive powers to delay it, except in a national emergency. If Trump wins the election in November but is incapacitated before the January 20 inauguration, the decision will be made by the Electoral College.
In that case, Trump will not concede defeat, but on the other hand, he may not offer any plausible hope of catching up. But that scenario is terribly optimistic, especially if Biden personally considers the Republican Party’s advantage among voters.
Trump critics and authoritarianism experts see an increasingly bleak future for America if voters do not accept the president’s behavior. If political institutions fail to produce a legitimate president, and Trump maintains a stalemate in the New Year, chaos and a candidate for commander-in-chief will be one and the same.
Democrats and their media colleagues are reveling in Trump’s gloom and doom, with some even speculating that the president will step aside and give Republican Vice President Mike Pence a chance in the election. At an April 23 fundraiser, Democratic National Committee Chairman Joe Biden predicted that Trump would try to delay an election because of a coronavirus crisis. Trump has said he will not attend next week’s debate with Biden after organizers announced it would take place virtually without him, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and a spokesman for the vice president’s campaign team. He said he would not attend if organizers announced it would take place on April 26, the day before the presidential debate between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump has said he would not attend if organizers announced that next year’s presidential debates between him and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio would be “virtual.”
The next presidential debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, in Miami, but it’s unclear whether Trump will be good enough to compete. The next debate between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Senator Marco Rubio is scheduled for November 8, two days after Trump’s first debate with Biden, and it’s unclear what will happen given his health, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.
Trump pulled out of the presidential bid originally scheduled for the evening after debate organizers shifted the format to a “virtual event” following Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. Thursday’s event comes two days after the second presidential debate was cancelled because of Trump’s “coronovirus” diagnosis, the Associated Press news agency reported.
The decision to suspend the talks shows that the president does not care about the plight of those battling the resulting coronavirus, “said Joseph R. Biden Jr., son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. During a visit to the Democratic National Convention in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he called on President Trump to “undermine” confidence in the election results to counter the “unassailable mandate” given to him by his father, former President Barack Obama.