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Half of Republicans Would Be Down to Postpone the 2020 Election, Says Poll

If Trump said it would help keep undocumented Americans from voting.

by River Donaghey
Aug 10 2017, 3:49pm

According to a new poll released Thursday by the Washington Post, more than half of Republicans say they would be onboard with postponing the next presidential election if Donald Trump suggested it.

Trump has been bemoaning a "rigged" election since long before he took office. He blamed his loss of the popular vote on "millions of people who voted illegally" in a butthurt post-election tweet and has a whole commission of cronies dedicated to "election integrity."

His massive voter fraud laments have been repeatedly proven false, but apparently they're enough to convince 52 percent of polled Republicans to support a hypothetical plan to postpone the next election "until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote." Fifty-six percent would support the idea if Republican lawmakers also got behind Trump's theoretical plan.

The new poll surveyed 1,325 people, 650 of whom were self-identified Republicans, over a two-week period last June. Of the 650, 47 percent think that Trump won the popular vote, and 68 percent believe Trump's claims that there were millions of mysterious illegal voters mucking things up last election.

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans—73 percent—said that voter fraud happens "somewhat or very often," even though elections these days are way, way cleaner than they used to be.

To be fair, Trump has yet to actually loft the idea of postponing the 2020 election, but God only knows what he'll be tweeting from his secret bunker beneath the charred remains of the White House or whatever by the time the next presidential race rolls around.