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On Friday, conservative super PAC The Lincoln Project released an advertisement denouncing President Donald Trump’s suggestion to delay the election, The Hill reported.

Titled “We Will Vote,” the ad blasted Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting that he wants to delay the November contest because he is worried about his electoral prospects.

The minute-long video clip also featured flashing images of civil rights leaders — including late Democratic Rep. John Lewis — protesting for the right to vote.

“Now a failed president faces defeat, with millions out of work and tens of thousands dying from his incompetence and neglect, threatening the very foundations of democracy,” the advertisement said.

“We voted during wars, we voted in the Great Depression, we voted when civil unrest swept the country.”

The ad concluded that Trump is trying to “stop the election he can’t win.”

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election over concerns regarding public health and mail-in voting.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats have pushed to expand vote-by-mail programs, but the commander-in-chief and his allies have long opposed such initiatives, claiming that they would lead to widespread fraud.

Even Republicans expressed opposition to Trump’s idea. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and dozens of others all rejected the president’s suggestion.

Trump does not have the authority to move or delay elections. He would need approval from both the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled lower chamber.

In a statement, Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, said that America is “past the red line.”

“But Americans will not be bullied by a tyrant. We’ve made it through tough elections before and we’ll do it again — this time, Trump will lose,” Galen said.

As The Hill noted, The Lincoln Project — a group formed by conservatives opposed to the commander-in-chief — has launched dozens of similar advertisements over the past months. The organization recently revealed that it raised $16.8 million in the second quarter of the year.

Following criticism, Trump backtracked on his Thursday suggestion, but nevertheless railed against vote-by-mail.

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In an interview with Fox News, White House adviser Stephen Miller did the same, suggesting that postal voting would allow foreign entities to meddle in U.S. elections, since “nobody who mails in a ballot has their identity confirmed.”

On Friday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi suggested that Trump’s Thursday tweet was a form of voter suppression.

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Obama: Trump Trying to Discouraging Voting with Attempt to Actively Kneecap the Postal Service

Friday on the “Campaign HQ with David Plouffe” podcast, former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump for his attacks on mail-in voting.

Obama said, “What we’ve seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a President who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting. Usually, the Republican Party for quite some has actively tried to discourage people’s votes from counting in all kinds of ways, whether its voter ID laws or blatant gerrymandering, making it difficult for people in certain precincts to find their polling places. All that stuff is contrary to American democracy, but I think the Republicans view has been it’s all fair game as long as it helps us gain power. What we’ve never seen before is a President say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting, and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it.’ that is sort of unheard of.”

Later in the podcast, Obama said, “You now have the President throwing in this additional monkey wrench trying to starve the postal service.”

He added, “My question is, what are Republicans doing where you are so scared of people voting that you are now willing to undermine what is part of the basic infrastructure of American life?”

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