Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Will there be a U.S. presidential election in 2020?

In today's New York Times Morning Briefing:

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, refused on Tuesday to rule out postponing the presidential election in November, a comment that fed directly into Democratic concerns that President Trump might use the coronavirus crisis to delay or delegitimize the contest and one that contradicted Mr. Trump himself.

“I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan,” Mr. Kushner told Time magazine in response to a question about whether the election could be postponed because of the pandemic.

The opinion of a White House staff member has no bearing on when the election is held. Even the president himself does not have the authority to unilaterally postpone Election Day, which by law takes place the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

But Mr. Kushner’s comment raised alarms both because of the expansive power Mr. Trump has conferred on members of his family who serve in his administration and because it played into the worst anxieties of Mr. Trump’s detractors — that the president would begin to question the validity of the election if he feared he was going to lose.

The presumptive Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., gave voice to those concerns at a virtual fund-raiser last month. “Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow — come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” he said.

Would I be dumber than a rock, apologies to the rock, if I did not wonder if senior presidential adviser son-in-law Kushner and President Trump had that very discussion privately and the father-in-law president told his senior presidential adviser son-in-law to float suspending the 2020 presidential election? 

Listen to the audio of President Trump praising China's President Xi in March 2018 after Xi circumvented term limits, and listen to the audience's response to what Trump said about president for life.

Trump says 'president for life' sounds great

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