'This Is The Act Of A Tyrant:' De Blasio Lashes Out At Trump Tweet Suggesting Election 'Delay'

Rich Lamb
July 30, 2020 - 3:05 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A furious Mayor Bill de Blasio unloaded on President Donald Trump for a tweet Thursday morning that suggested the Nov. 3 presidential election be delayed as he pushed unfounded claims that mail-in voting is linked with fraud.

    In his tweet, which was met with swift backlash from both sides of the aisle, the president pushed unfounded claims that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.

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    The president's tweet read, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

    De Blasio called the suggestion "an assault on our democracy."

    "This is the act of a tyrant," the New York City mayor said during his daily briefing. "He's only trying to save his own skin, he knows he's going to lose the election, so he's calling for it to be postponed, which has never happened in the history of the United States — in times of war, peace, depression, you name it — we do not postpone national elections."

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo shrugged off the president's idea.

    "The president speaks about a lot of things that he has an opinion on, the things I tend to pay attention to are the things that he has legal jurisdiction to do," Cuomo said. "He has no authority to change the election date. That would require an act of Congress and I don't believe there's any desire to do that whatsoever."

    Top Republicans in Congress quickly rebuffed Trump's suggestion, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the election date is set in stone and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy declaring the election "should go forward'' as planned. 

    The president does not have it within his power to call for or decide that there should be a delayed election, CBS News correspondent told WCBS 880.

    Federal elections are set by Congress and the Constitution has no provisions for a delay to the January 20, 2021 presidential inauguration.

    There is no evidence of voter fraud through mail-in voting.

    Hogan Gidley, Trump 2020 National Press Secretary, issued a statement saying, "The President is just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting. They are using coronavirus as their means to try to institute universal mail-in voting, which means sending every registered voter a ballot whether they asked for one or not. Voter rolls are notoriously full of bad addresses for people who have moved, are non-citizens, or are even deceased. Universal mail-in voting invites chaos and severe delays in results, as proven by the New York Congressional primary where we still don't know who won after more than a month."

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