Adam Schiff Puts Trump In His Place After Election Delay Threat

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump suggested delaying the general election in the face of imaginary looming election fraud. He has consistently tried to fearmonger, claiming that there’s some kind of huge potential for fraud accompanying the widespread usage of mail-in voting, but there’s no evidence for his claims, and — crucially — mail-in voting is even already used at a widespread level across the country! On Thursday, shortly after Trump tweeted his threatening suggestion to delay the election, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) promptly joined those putting the president in his place. In a response tweet, he reminded Trump and any other observers that it would be brazenly illegal for Trump to attempt to delay the election, and he pledged to work against the president’s belligerent wannabe authoritarianism.

Addressing the president directly, Schiff wrote:

‘Fact Check: You can’t do that. The Constitution explicitly grants Congress the power to set the election date. And we will do everything we can to ensure all Americans can vote — safely and securely — on November 3. No matter what nonsense you tweet.’

Indeed — as Schiff notes, there’s absolutely no current legal mechanism by which the president could actually delay the election. The Constitution clearly leaves the power over orchestrating federal elections to Congress, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted in her own response to the president’s belligerence.

Pelosi memorably pointed out:

‘Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states: “The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.”’

This occasion is not the first time that Trump has floated a brazen violation of democratic norms in the United States. He has also previously “joked” about serving more than the Constitutionally-mandated limit of two terms for presidents, although there’s nothing funny about upending the rule of law in service of the president’s ego. According to the recently published memoir from Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, Trump actually claimed to Chinese President Xi Jinping that “people were saying that the two-term constitutional limit on presidents should be repealed for him” — although it’s unclear if those “people” actually exist or Trump was just making up imaginary excuses for his own power-hunger.

Check out Twitter’s response to Schiff below:

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