Back in the United States, President Trump is facing bipartisan outrage after suggesting delaying the November election. At the same time, many Republican leaders are struggling under the weight of health, economic and social crises that the Trump administration has failed to contain. "I think we've had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year", he said. An election was also held on time in 1944, with incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt claiming victory in the midst of World War II.
US intelligence agencies determined that Russian operatives seeking to boost Trump's campaign hacked into the Democratic National Committee's servers and later shared damaging messages with WikiLeaks while running a covert social media campaign aimed at sowing discord among American voters.
"Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time".
In 2020, Trump has aggressively turned his attention to the electoral process that will determine his political fate.More news: Inflation dropped 1.9 pct in June quarter
On Thursday, Mr Trump shared a discredited theory that increased postal voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to widespread voter fraud. The president also does not have the constitutional power to postpone an election - only Congress does.
"Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media", Trump tweeted later on Thursday, "to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from unsafe Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!)".
The president appeared to validate those fears this week.
President Trump wrote in a tweet on Thursday: "With Universal Mail-In Voting, 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history".
Sen. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate, dismissed the idea of an election delay, saying it hasn't happened before and won't happen now. I want to have the election.More news: British Grand Prix: Hulkenberg to stand in for Perez at Silverstone
During recent U.S. primaries which determines the presidential candidate for each party, some states struggled to manage a surge in mail-in votes, leading to delays in the result being announced.
"They protect criminals and Biden opposes the death penalty, even for cop killers and child murderers", Trump told hundreds of supporters who showed up to hear him speak at the sheriffs' event on the Tampa International Airport tarmac.
He met at the White House with members of the National Association of Police Organizations Leadership, an organization that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but is backing Trump's reelection bid. Any change of date would have to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Indeed, Trump confidant Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said he would support Trump's call to delay the election "until things are normal so people can walk in".
The simple reality remains that Republicans up and down the ballot this fall need Trump's fervent base on their side to have any chance of winning.More news: United States appeals court delays release of Ghislaine Maxwell deposition