Former US secretary of labor Robert Reich has told The Big Issue he believes Donald Trump will try to use the coronavirus crisis to block presidential elections this November.
“I think constitutionally Trump has no grounds to suspend or cancel the election – but I think he is going to try,” Reich told our journalist Sam Delaney.
Reich added: “The only agenda is Donald Trump himself. He is always his own primary agenda. He doesn’t care about the country or the people.”
The American presidential elections are scheduled for November 3, but with the outlook for stay-at-home orders unclear, questions have been raised about how almost 140 million people might get to the polls.
Primary elections – to choose the Democratic candidate who will face Trump – have already been thrown into disarray, with some states being asked either to put their health at risk or forfeit their democratic right to vote.
Trump does not have the power alone to delay the election, as the date is set by federal law. To do so, Congress would have to intervene.