Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struck a defiant chord today as he denounced the president’s proposed delay of November’s election.
McConnell told Max Winitz, the lead evening anchor at WNKY 40: “Never in the history of the Congress, through wars, depressions and the Civil War have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time, and we’ll find a way to do that again this Nov. 3rd.”
When Winitz asked whether the Nov. 3 election date is “set in stone,” McConnell replied, “That’s right.” Plus he added, “We’ll cope with whatever the situation is and have the election on Nov. 3 as already scheduled.”
— Max Winitz (@MaxWinitz) July 30, 2020
While Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) chimed in as well: “I have concerns about mail-in ballots being the exclusive way to cast votes, but I don’t believe we should delay the elections. I want to reopen the economy in a sound way. I want people to go back to school safely,” Sen. Graham is up for reelection this fall.
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???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
That triggered a wave of reactions from across the aisle. From The Hill:
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (NY) accused Trump of trying to create a distraction to divert attention from spiking infection rates around the country and reports that the economy contracted 9.5 percent in the second quarter and 1.43 million workers filed unemployment claims last week.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even weighed in telling a decision would be up to the Department of Justice. Don’t be so sure.