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Attorney General William Tong

07/30/2020

Attorney General Tong Condemns Blatantly Unlawful Trump Threat to Postpone Election

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s blatantly unlawful threat to postpone the November election.

“Facing dismal polling, Trump now threatens the unthinkable—to postpone the election. This blatantly unlawful threat is clearly in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and the fact that we are even discussing the legality of this rant is a glaring threat to our democracy. The Constitution empowers Congress to set election timing. There is no emergency power that allows the president to delay the election or block the transfer of power. That is the very foundation of our separation of powers. It is the states’ duty to hold the election, seat electors, and certify our results to Congress. Connecticut will hold its election and perform its duty to elect a President,” said Attorney General Tong. “I sincerely hope we never reach this point, but Connecticut will vigorously defend our democracy and this election.”
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