President Trump today backed of his suggestion this morning that he might seek to delay the election, indicating his purpose was to point out the potential problems posed by mail-in ballots.
He spoke today at the White House, answering a reporter’s question:
I don’t want a delay. I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn’t mean anything. That’s what’ going to happen, Steve. That’s common sense . . . Do I want to see a date change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election.
I’ll tell you what he also did. He changed the whole news day from what it would have been, which is that the economy declined at an annualized rate of 33.9 percent the second quarter of the year. Trump is a genius at stealing the news cycle, and he did it again.
He didn’t have the authority anyway. Takes an act of Congress.
Pot stirred. Media goose cooked.