Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has refused to rule out postponing the presidential election in November due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking toTime magazine Kushner responded to a question about whether the election could be postponed because of the pandemic saying:
I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan.
This has fed into Democrat’s fears that Trump could use the coronavirus crisis to delay or delegitimise the vote.
Presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said at a virtual fund-raiser last month:
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.
So while on the one hand Trump is keen to re-open the country despite acknowledging that this might lead to more deaths... but elections might be too risky?
Interesting pivot there.
We know that votes are a priority to Trump – Robert De Niro recently claimed that Trump simply wants to get re-elected, and “doesn’t care how many people die,” – and back in 2016, Trump told people to leave the house to vote regardless of their health no matter “how sick you are.” So it would seem that at that time at least, he was a fan of the democratic process.
To add some clarity, Hilary Clinton weighed in to explain that, basically, it’s not up to Kushner.
Predictably, others pointed out that it’s not up to Clinton either.
Which is exactly the point.
No one has the power to have any say over when the election is held. By law, Election Day takes place the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and Even the president himself does not have the authority to unilaterally postpone it.
And when we have such cutting edge technology as The Postal Vote, maybe America can have BOTH – democracy and safety from coronavirus?
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, at least 18 countries and territories have decided to postpone national elections and referendums due to covid-19. This includes parliamentary elections in Syria, presidential elections in Poland, and a vote on constitutional change in Russia that would allow President Vladimir to stay in power, as reported by the BBC.
Surely the United States of America wouldn’t want to follow in the steps of Russia… would they?