it never seemed so lonely.
The attack he launched against the presidential election in the United States and the idea he slipped to postpone the vote unleashed the rejection of his usual cast of critics and Democrats, but, also, among Republicans, historians and constitutionalists,
in addition to the strongest warnings that have been heard during his presidency about his disdain for rules and institutions, and the health of democracy.
Trump has spent months casting doubts about the election – it will be "the most fraudulent in history," he said – and voting by mail, a system that, this year, due to the coronavirus, will be a record. Until this week, that rhetorical escalation wandered through the campaign collector. But Trump was enough with a message on Twitter to launch it into the center of political discussion, just when the pandemic exceeded 150,000 deaths, and the country begins to have a real magnitude on the depth of the economic crisis. The move, which raised alarm, left a question hanging in the air: if Trump loses, will he accept the result?
This year, the decision of millions of Americans to vote by mail may stretch the result beyond election night, November 3. New York, for example, just finished counting this week's vote by mail for the primary held in late June. System delays can also leave thousands of votes in limbo: An analysis by NPR, public radio, revealed that during the primaries there were at least 65,000 votes rejected because they were late. The "absentee" vote depends on the state post, which controls Louis DeJoy, a businessman linked to Trump who raised funds for his campaign.
"So many years I've been watching elections and they say the 'projected winner' or the 'election winner'. I don't want to see that happen a week after November 3, or a month, or frankly, with litigation and everything in between it can happen, years. Years. Or that you never even know who won the elections, "Trump launched at the White House.
Trump said he supports voting by mail – although he denies it is "universal" – but did not take steps to strengthen the system. And the president also said that voting by mail is a "disaster", it will lead to "the biggest fraud", that the United States will be the "laughing stock" of the world, that it does not want a "corrupt election", and that it will be "the election most arranged in history. "
The reaction to the president's words was unequivocal, and brought "friendly fire." Senators Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, three Trump allies in the Senate who shielded him from day one, rejected the idea of postponing the election. Kevin McCarthy, the highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, joined. One by one they recalled that the United States never postponed elections, either during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, when legislative elections were held, or during the Civil War.
Steven Calabresi, president of the Federalist Society, an influential conservative organization in the United States, said the move was "fascist" and warranted the removal of the president. In 2016, Calabresi voted for Trump, and was one of his advocates during the impeachment over the Ukrainegate scandal. No longer.
"I am frankly appalled by the president's recent tweet seeking to postpone the November elections. Until recently, he had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist," Calabresi wrote in the New York Times. "But this latest tweet is fascist and is itself the reason for the immediate removal of the president by the House of Representatives and his removal by the Senate," he added.
Elizabeth Warren, one of the most biting Democratic figures, suggested in a video on Instagram that if Trump loses, he may refuse "to leave office peacefully.". David Axelrod, strategist for Barack Obama's 2008 win, warned that Trump will have "absolutely no hesitation" in using the power of the presidency to win.
Steve Schmidt, one of the Republicans who founded The Lincoln Project, a group whose primary goal is to curb Trump's reelection, compared the tycoon to Mussolini.
"Fascism. Authoritarianism. The question has always been, can it happen here? Because the answer has been NO, it does not mean it will always be like this. It is happening here. It is happening right now," Schmidt warned in a message on Twitter. "Trump is losing and he knows it. He is seizing power as any Mussolini would. The point is that this is the United States, not Trumpistan. We will vote", Hill.
Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show, joked that the election could not be postponed because the candidates, Trump and Joe Biden"They are like 200 years old and we have to keep going." But later, in a more serious tone, Noah questioned whether Trump really understood the scope of his message. "It was basically the move of a dictator," he said. "This is how it starts," he added.
. (tagsToTranslate) "This is not Trumpistan": broad rejection in the US of Trump's escalation against the electoral process – LA NACION