U.S. President Trump's proposal to postpone the 2020 U.S. presidential election on Thursday (30th) was criticized by all walks of life in the United States. Insiders in the White House revealed that Trump does not really want to postpone the election date. This is just a targeted and focused strategy.
"He is very worried about losing this election." The US media quoted a White House staff member as saying, "We hear him more and more frequently, how can people like people like Biden."
When he was asked at the White House press conference on Thursday whether he wanted to reschedule the general election, Trump still did not change his words, reiterating his concern about vote fraud caused by the “mail vote”.
"The President of the United States has no right to postpone elections." Justin Levitt, a professor of constitutional science at Loyola Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice, told the CBN reporter, "The president of the United States has There are many powers. Although the idea of thinking that they have power on this issue (postponing elections) is tempting, the president of the United States has no right to set an election timetable. Federal elections are managed by state officials, and the date is set by Congress. The only power the President of the United States has is to persuade Congress to change the date, but this will not happen."
Senate Majority Leader McConnell and other senior Republicans in the U.S. Congress also stated on Thursday that this year's U.S. election will proceed as usual and will not be rescheduled.
If Trump withdraws, who will join the Republican Party?
The request for a "reschedule" less than 100 days before the general election vote has resurfaced speculation that Trump might "retire".
"Of course. The short answer is that he can still withdraw now." Levitt told CBN reporters, "However, as the election date approaches, the situation will become more complicated." He explained that if Trump announces his withdrawal For the general election, technically, there is currently no one in the Republican Party who will "success" and continue to run. The Republican Party will vote for an alternative candidate.
Article 9 of the 2016 Rules of the Republican Party stipulates that if a Republican presidential candidate or vice presidential candidate withdraws from the race because of “death, physical decline, or other reasons,” the Republican National Committee has the right to convene 168 Members vote, and a majority of votes decide who the replacement candidate is.
"Although there is no relevant clear regulations, politically speaking, they should elect Pence to succeed." Rivitt explained to a reporter from China Business News, "The more serious issue may be the vote. In August, September, and October. At that time, the ballot paper has already been printed, and people will see Trump’s name on the ballot paper, even if he has really withdrawn from the election."
What if Trump does not admit defeat?
Trump was interviewed by Fox News this month. When asked "whether he accepts the results of the election at all", he did not give a clear answer. This has also triggered a discussion in the United States about "If Trump loses the election, will Trump have the right to question the outcome of the election."
"Trump has no right to postpone the election date. Another important question is what his power will allow him to do if he loses the election." Erwin Chemerinsky, director of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Erwin Chemerinsky) ) Said, “If the Electoral College declares that Biden wins and Trump refuses to accept this result, it will be ruled by the Supreme Court. Trump can also continue to deny the Electoral College and the Supreme Court’s rulings, although this This is unlikely to happen. But if it does happen, it may depend on who is controlling the army."
According to the analysis by Tschmeridinski, Trump clearly did not want the general election to be held in November. His tweets were very straightforward and even showed a bit of desperation. It sounded like an attempt to extend his presidency, despite the constitutional terms. There is no right to do so.
"Theoretically, Congress can modify the date of voting in the general election, and it can also modify the date of voting by the Electoral College. However, it is difficult to imagine that will happen." Tsomorijinsky said, "Not only that, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution stipulates The US president’s term ends at noon on January 20 (one year after the general election). If the electoral college still has not elected the president and vice president by then, the Speaker of the House of Representatives will become the president."