Trump news: Latest US 2020 election updates as president threatens Portland protesters with ‘strong offensive force’

Trump refuses to back down from election delay proposal

Donald Trump has refused to back down from his controversial suggestion that November’s election be postponed, insisting “I don’t want to see a crooked election”, as he continues to claim mail-in voting – a likely necessity given the coronavirus outbreak – is vulnerable to fraud.
 

“I want an election and a result, much, much more than you,” he said at the White House on Thursday.

“I don’t want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn’t mean anything.”
 

The president cited recent media reports about potential problems with postal ballots arriving late and said it could take weeks, months or even years to sort it out.
 

“Do I want to see a date change? No, but I don’t want to see a crooked election,” he said.
 

Trailing badly in the polls to presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Trump posted a tweet yesterday that said voting by mail, which many states are likely to use because of the pandemic, would result in a “fraudulent” vote.

“It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???,” he added, his tweet following hot on the heels of the news that US GDP fell 9.5 per cent in the second quarter, wiping out five years of growth and therefore not fooling anyone, given that his re-election case is centered on prosperity.

Trump continued to make his case on Twitter last night…

…glorying in forcing the “very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy”, rather than the economic turmoil.
 

Here’s Andrew Buncombe’s report.
 

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