McConnell And McCarthy Say No To Election Delay: ‘We Should Go Forward’
Republican leaders have shot down President Trump’s call to delay the November election, according to Talking Points Memo.
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rejected the idea on Thursday, telling reporters: “Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election.”
- Likewise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) previously made clear that the election will go on as planned in November.
- TPM reported that in an interview with “a local NBC and CBS affiliate in Kentucky scheduled to air in full Thursday evening, the GOP senator will cite past crises that have taken place during an election.”
- Per federal law, Election Day is “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November.”
- If Trump wants to postpone the election, he would need the Democrat-controlled House to cooperate in changing the law.
- The president suggested delaying the election in a Thursday morning tweet, at which time he also suggested that widespread mail-in voting would result in a “fraudulent” election.