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Politics Trump Escalates His Election Doubts With Biden Lead Widening

12:16  31 july  2020
12:16  31 july  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Biden leads Trump by nearly 40 points in California: poll

  Biden leads Trump by nearly 40 points in California: poll Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Trump by nearly 40 points in California, according to a new poll. Biden has the support of 67 percent of Golden State respondents in the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, while Trump has just 28 percent support, the Los Angeles Times reported. Biden's support in the state is not surprising, but the former vice president has an even wider lead in the poll than the 30-point margin by which Hillary Clinton beat Trump in the state four years ago.Moreover, the poll found Trump's approval has dipped down to just 29 percent, according to the Times.

Mr. Trump , who often tests the boundaries of his authority, has increasingly used public comments to lay groundwork for arguing that the election results are illegitimate if he loses. Though he does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the date of the election , his tweet prompted a

Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November’s presidential election , repeating his false claim that widespread voting by mail from home would result in Trump claimed without evidence that “universal mail-in voting” would lead to “the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT election in history”.

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump is quick to call “fake news” any suggestion he won’t win a second term, yet his recent campaign shakeup and increased attacks on mail-in voting signal the political peril he faces from a raging pandemic and cratering economy.

a group of people holding a sign: Voters cast their ballots at a polling location in Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. An anticipated surge of absentee votinghas been driven by concerns about casting ballots in person while the coronavirus is still circulating with statewide requests for mail-in ballots at seven times the number from four years ago. © Bloomberg Voters cast their ballots at a polling location in Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. An anticipated surge of absentee votinghas been driven by concerns about casting ballots in person while the coronavirus is still circulating with statewide requests for mail-in ballots at seven times the number from four years ago.

One of the most extreme signs came Thursday, when Trump floated the idea of postponing the election with 96 days before the vote. The president can’t do that without an act of Congress, but it marked a dramatic escalation in his repeated, unfounded arguments that allowing mail-in ballots to protect against coronavirus would lead to widespread voter fraud and render the election illegitimate.

Biden says Trump trying to 'indirectly steal' election by raising doubts about mail-in voting

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Trump suggests delaying presidential election as dire economic data released. President Trump has no power to delay the November election , The Editorial Board writes, but his calls to do so threaten Americans' trust in elections . Joe Biden edges out Donald Trump in Republican Texas.

Mr. Trump has attacked the legitimacy of American elections before, including the one in 2016 that made him president. Even after winning the Electoral College that year, Mr. Trump cast doubt on the popular vote and postulated baselessly that Hillary Clinton’s substantial lead in that metric had been

Trump later said that he doesn’t want to change the date of the election, but warned it could be days “or even years” until the nation knew the outcome if mail-in balloting is used. “I don’t want to see a crooked election,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “This election will be the most rigged election in history, if that happens.”

Trump said he was trying to encourage the media to focus on the risks of mail-in voting. But his Thursday morning tweet raising the prospect of a delayed vote landed just minutes after the Commerce Department announced that the U.S. economy shrank 9.5% in the second quarter -- the sharpest downturn in the post-World War II era -- and the Labor Department announced that 17 million Americans claimed unemployment benefits in mid-July.

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Read more: Trump moots US election delay on Twitter. There seems to be no end in sight. But the more likely Trump 's failure becomes, the more destructive his energies seem to be. He once again claimed that postal voting would lead to fraud, even though there is no evidence to back up his claim.

The news added to the pile of crises besetting Trump’s White House -- ranging from the coronavirus and the economy to unrest over police brutality and racial inequality -- that have helped propel Democratic nominee Joe Biden into the lead. Trump trails Biden by more than 8 percentage points in the RealClearPolitics polling average, and is behind in key battleground states Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Projecting Bravado

Trump projected bravado at his news conference, saying the only polls showing him losing were “fake,” compared to his campaign’s internal polls, which were “real.”

Voters are giving Trump worsening marks for his handling of the economy -- the one issue where he held an advantage over Biden earlier this year. At the same time, a resurgence of the coronavirus after Trump urged the nation to reopen from months of lockdown has deepened sentiment that he’s mishandled the crisis.

Biden up 10 points over Trump nationally: poll

  Biden up 10 points over Trump nationally: poll Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 points nationally, according to a new poll. Biden has the support of 51 percent of likely voters, based on the CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday, while Trump is backed by 41 percent. The poll also found that 4 percent of likely voters said they are undecided and an additional 4 percent said they would vote for someone else or a third-party candidate. CBS NewsBiden has the support of 51 percent of likely voters, based on the CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday, while Trump is backed by 41 percent.

Joe Biden also said he would “have a choice” on his running mate by the first week in August. President Trump wondered aloud why his approval ratings With a close Republican Senate primary election in Kansas one week away, the top spender isn’t either of the two leading contenders; it is a

Trump saw his convention as a potential success story. Mr. Biden ’s campaign has complained about false online ads by Mr. Trump ’s re- election campaign before, beginning in October with an ad on Facebook and other social media outlets that asserted that Mr. Biden had bribed the Ukrainian

Recently, Trump has made efforts to change course. He shook up his campaign leadership by replacing longtime campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien. He attempted to reset coronavirus messaging by relaunching his near-daily briefings, though quickly reverted to haranguing states to re-open and promoting unproven cures. He has made a play for White suburban voters, where he’s lost support since 2016, by exploiting racial fears about low-income housing and protests in major cities.

Trump’s Twitter message on Thursday reanimated concerns his opponents have harbored for months -- that the president and his supporters may refuse to accept a defeat in November. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” he wrote.

Elections were held on time during the Civil War, the Spanish Flu pandemic and World War II, episodes that otherwise caused major disruptions to American life. The notion of doing so now was quickly downplayed by Trump’s own campaign. Members of his party moved quickly to shut it down, also a sign that Republicans believe opposing Trump is not the dire risk it once was.

Biden Tops Trump in CNN Polls for Michigan, Florida, Arizona

  Biden Tops Trump in CNN Polls for Michigan, Florida, Arizona Another wave of opinion polls released Sunday showed voters leaning to Democrat Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in Michigan, Florida and Arizona, three key states won by Trump in 2016. © Source: Bloomberg Joe Biden and Donald Trump Source: Bloomberg/Bloomberg Handling of the coronavirus spells trouble for Trump, according to pollsters, as U.S. cases now exceed 4 million and deaths are over 146,000. The U.S. election is 100 days away but early voting will start in some states in as few as five weeks.

CNN's Manu Raju breaks down the lead Joe Biden has over President Trump in the latest national polls. #CNN #News.

Trump made his suggestion during a series of tweets in which he again protested proposals to allow mail-in voting, saying that system is too vulnerable to fraud. Opponents said Trump is looking for any excuse to tamper with an election he is likely to lose and noted that Democratic candidate Joe Biden

Campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said the president didn’t necessarily mean he was trying to postpone Election Day. He said in a statement that the president was “just raising a question” about Democratic efforts to expand vote-by-mail during the pandemic, which he argued would lead to “chaos and severe delays with results.”

Read More: Changing the Election Date Would Be Difficult Even for Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, both Republicans, said the election should take place as scheduled.

“I don’t think that’s a particularly good idea,” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, told CNN.

Political analysts saw the comment as a sign of desperation. Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt said it was a “flagrant expression of his current weakness.”

“A person who is in a strong position would never, never suggest anything like that,” Stirewalt said.

Voter Fraud Coverage

Later Thursday, after intense coverage of his morning tweet, Trump suggested he made the comment in order to inspire the news media to cover the issue of voter fraud.

“Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!),” the president wrote.

Biden leads Trump in key states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan: poll

  Biden leads Trump in key states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan: poll Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump in Michigan, Arizona and Florida, three states the president carried in 2016, according to new polling from CNN and SSRS.Biden leads Trump among registered voters by double digits in Michigan, with 52 percent to Trump's 40 percent, while leading him by smaller margins in Florida (51 percent to 46 percent) and Arizona (49 percent to 45 percent). All three leads fall outside the poll's marginBiden leads Trump among registered voters by double digits in Michigan, with 52 percent to Trump's 40 percent, while leading him by smaller margins in Florida (51 percent to 46 percent) and Arizona (49 percent to 45 percent). All three leads fall outside the poll's margin of error.

In subsequent tweets, he added that the country “must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later.”

The president oftentimes makes threats or claims powers he does not have, only to back down after a flurry of media coverage.

Democrats nonetheless reacted with a mix of fury and bewilderment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, simply tweeted the text of the Article II of the Constitution, which says Congress sets the rules for choosing an election date.

‘Attempt to Distract’

Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Lily Adams called Trump’s remark “a desperate attempt to distract from today’s devastating economic numbers that make it clear his failed response to the coronavirus has tanked the U.S. economy.”

Biden said Trump’s comments were meant to be a distraction from the funeral in Atlanta on Thursday of civil rights icon John Lewis.

Without offering evidence, Trump has said for months that many states’ efforts to expand the use of mail-in ballots would result in the election being “rigged” to favor Democrats. Studies show neither party has an advantage based on whether people cast their ballots by mail or in person.

Read More: How Voting by Mail Became a Trump-Led Fight: QuickTake

Though terminology differs by state, there is no practical difference between absentee and mail-in voting, even though Trump has argued they are different. Most states no longer require an excuse, such as not being present on Election Day, to request a mail in-ballot, leading many states have dropped the term “absentee.” Only six large Western states plan to use universal vote-by-mail November, in which every ballot would be sent via the mail.

Perhaps emblematic of how the political winds have shifted, Trump rejected the notion of delaying the election just three months ago.

At an April fundraiser, Biden warned that Trump would “try to kick back the election somehow” and “come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.”

Trump scoffed at a news conference days later.

“I never even thought of changing the date of the election,” Trump told reporters on April 27 at the White House. “Why would I do that? November 3rd. It’s a good number. No, I look forward to that election.”

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