Rubio 'not concerned' about mail-in voting in Florida

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday

A US Congressman has accused Donald Trump of 'violating an important norm that no previous president has dared to violate'. The head scratching begins.

With the White House and Democrats at loggerheads over a new round of financial relief to bolster a coronavirus-battered economy, Trump is attempting to use a "law-and-order" theme to electrify his base and win over undecided voters unsettled by more than two months of protests centered on police brutality and racial injustice.

But this week the president offered a statement that stood out, even among many that have put Trump's branding iron on the office. "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". Later in the day, Trump walked back on his suggestion.

Senior politicians criticised Trump for his suggestion, while others pointed out that it was a breach of America's democratic norms. "We've had elections during wars".

Calabresi cited how in the midst of the Great Depression in 1932 and during World War II in 1944, election still held. The party nominated bourbon Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, the former governor of NY, to regain the White House. "We will figure out how we ensure we don't disenfranchise anyone". We've had elections during civil unrest.

"He is setting the groundwork to contest an election if he loses, and he's been doing it for months", said United Kingdom law professor Josh Douglas, a voting rights expert.

The president appeared to validate those fears this week.

"Delay the Election until people can properly, securely, and safely vote???" the Tweet went on.

USPS is recommending that voters who are voting by mail send in their ballots at least one week before Election Day.

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"No, I'm not concerned about mail-in voting in Florida", Rubio told reporters during the question and answer portion of a conference call run by the Trump campaign aimed at discrediting potential Joe Biden vice presidential pick Rep. Karen Bass.

The president also floated the idea on Twitter of delaying the election, which he does not have the power to do. "That date can't be changed".

"Too much is at stake for our community and we believe having a Black woman vice presidential candidate is the clearest path to the victory in November that our country needs to move forward", said Rev. Matthew Watley, of Kingdom Fellowship AME Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, who signed the letter.

The best-case scenario, according to some observers, is that Trump's broadsides against the electoral process are simply a way for him to explain away a possible loss.

In an 8-7 ruling, Hayes beat Tilden by one electoral college vote, marking it one of the few presidential elections that the president elected did not lead by popular vote.

So it's hard not to be deeply troubled by the president's latest authoritarian outburst, even if the Constitution puts up guardrails that Trump evidently didn't know about.

Feiner also told News 12 that he hopes the state and the Board of Elections could cover the cost of the boxes and locks.

Democrats working to defeat Trump are on one hand giddy about the president's weak standing in multiple public polls but on the other are predicting the race will tighten significantly before Election Day.

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