WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a "delay" to November's presidential election.
But the dates of presidential elections are set in federal law, and cannot be changed except by Congress.
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted: "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history."
But there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud through mail-in voting, even in states with all-mail votes.
Trump's tweet comes as he's trailing in polls and on a day of bad economic news as the government reported that the U.S. economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9% annual rate in the April-June quarter, the worst quarterly plunge ever.
After President Trump tweeted Thursday to delay the 2020 elections, the Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin issued his thoughts on the matter.
“Let’s be clear about what’s happening here: President Trump is suggesting we delay the 2020 election almost immediately after the United States surpassed 150,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and suffered the worst economic nosedive in American history," said Martin.
“This has nothing to do with mail-in voting. Donald Trump is terrified of being held accountable by the people of Minnesota for his complete and utter failure to stop COVID-19 from wreaking havoc across our state and our nation."
Martin added, “I ask those Republican elected officials in Minnesota with any respect for our Constitution to join me in denouncing this dangerous and anti-democratic move.”