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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) appearing on MSNBC on July 31, 2020.

Sherrill slams Trump on possible postponement of election, offers to tutor President on democracy

N.J. Congresswoman: ‘The constitution gives the power to determine election days to Congress and we’re not moving it’

By David Wildstein, July 31 2020 3:15 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) beat up on President Donald Trump today for threatening to postpone the November general election and offered to tutor him on democracy during an MSNBC appearance today.

“The constitution gives the power to determine election days to Congress and we’re not moving it,” the freshman congresswoman from New Jersey said.

Trump created a stir when he floated postponing the election until the coronavirus is over in a Thursday morning tweet.

Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, rebuffed Trump’s idea.

“If the president is unsure how to run a free and fair election in one of the oldest democracies on earth, then we in Congress are happy to tell him how to do it,” Sherill said. “I’m happy to meet with him to help him understand how to do this because we just did it in New Jersey in our primaries.”

She pointed to New Jersey’s recent primary election, which was conducted almost entirely through vote-by-mail, where voter turnout was the second highest in state history.

“Governors across the country have been able to do this,” said Sherrill.  “It’s striking the lack of leadership from the President of the United States.”

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