DeSantis Pushes Back on Trump’s Election Concerns: Florida Is ‘Ready to Go’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is pushing back on concerns about the upcoming general election as President Donald Trump suggested the election be delayed.

During a news conference, DeSantis was asked about the president’s concerns regarding the upcoming election, according to the Tampa Bay Times. It appeared the Florida governor was unaware of Trump’s tweeted suggestion to delay the election.

“He asked for the election to be delayed?” DeSantis asked before confirming the state is already planning for the election. He also expressed confidence in the state of Florida being prepared.

“All of the supervisors of elections have been planning for this for a time, the Secretary of State’s been planning for this for a long time,” DeSantis said. “I think Florida will be ready to go.”

DeSantis’ remarks came shortly after Trump tweeted his concerns about the upcoming election due to the pandemic and the possibility of voter fraud.

Trump tweeted, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE [and] FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely, and safely vote???”

The president’s tweet quickly caught the attention of lawmakers and news outlets.

Multiple Republican lawmakers pushed back against Trump’s concerns as they stood by the election law which states that the election would be held “the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November,” according to History.com.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) also referenced the Election Day law when he was about Trump’s tweet.

“Since 1845, we’ve had an election on the first Tuesday after Nov. 1 and we’re going to have one again this year,” Rubio said on Thursday.

Despite the president’s concerns, no actions have been taken to delay the election. The general election is still scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Responses

  1. No, Millie, Mr. Trump is suggesting that all mail in balloting is guaranteed to be rife with fraud. He says the election will be rigged and phony, and that mail-ins won’t work, even if they’re not fraudulent. I believe he’s suggesting that since he’s the last President honestly elected, we should delay the next election until he is willing to admit some confidence in it. He’s suggesting he should be President forever, and he wants to delay the election because he thinks he’ll lose.

  2. This headline is misleading. In his tweet Trump was referring to the additional time it would take to prepare for the type of voting the Democrats’ are pushing; mail-in ballot. That is not what Governor DeSantis was talking about. He was unaware that President Trump had tweeted about the extra preparation it would take to have a mail-in voting process; one that Florida has never used. Simply saying that Trump Tweeted about postponing the election is disingenuous at best and purposefully lying in order to manipulate at worse. Florida would indeed not be “ready to go” if they were going to switch to mail-in voting. I have no doubt that Democrats would relish that many opportunities to cheat but I don’t think another attempted coup is going to work out for them any more than the last two or three.

  3. So Florida is on fire, but they are O.K.

    It is safe enough to send children back to school in September, but the country will not be safe enough to vote by November and we have to delay the national election. WTF?

    My head is spinning and I am confused.

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