Trump suggests delaying November election

President Trump faced immediate backlash from his own allies.
3:03 | 07/31/20

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where president trump made that suggestion to delay November's election, something that has never happened in our country's history, not even during the civil war. The backlash from his own allies immediate. One even saying the president should be impeached over this. This came as the president faces this surge in covid cases and record low economic numbers yesterday. Terry Moran has more from Washington. Reporter: As virus cases surge and as poll numbers plummet, president trump put forth an unprecedented suggestion. Tweeting, with universal mail-in voting 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? I don't want to see a crooked Reporter: But there's no evidence that mail-in voting leads to widespread fraud and the president has no power to delay the election that would require an act of congress. Even trump's staunchest Republican allies quickly, firmly and publicly dismissed the idea. Well, never in the history of the country through wars, depressions and the civil war have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time and we'll find a way to do that again this November 3rd. Reporter: A co-founder of the federalist society, influential conservative group handing down one of the most dramatic rebukes writing that trump's tweet was fascistic and grounds for the president's immediate Biden warned trump would try to push back the election. This president is going to try to steal this election. He said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail, while he sits behind the desk in the oval house and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in the Reporter: He is backtracking but still suggesting a delay in returns on election night would discredit the results. I don't want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn't mean anything. Reporter: On mail-in ballots ABC news has reached out to the top election officials in all 50 states and here in the district and heard back from 27 so far, Democrats and Republicans, and not one of them, not a single one has expressed concern that mail-in voting would result in significant fraud in their state. The bottom line here, Cecilia, a politician who thinks he will win an election doesn't call for it to be delayed. Yeah, exactly, that, Terry, clearly feeling the pressure. The trump campaign now look at a shift in strategy? Reporter: They are. It's real interesting. Just in the home stretch the president's campaign has pulled all the ads, has taken a pause in buying any television ads around the country. That's very unusual at this point. There is a new campaign manager. So there's a reset on that but it is another sign that this campaign, the president's re-election campaign is having trouble targeting Joe Biden, finding something that will stick and finding a positive message about what the president's second term vision is. Thank you. Amy. All right, Cecilia.

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