President Donald Trump suggested that November’s presidential election be delayed until in-person voting is safe, while jobless claims rise for 2nd week and GDP makes record-setting drop, plus more top stories in conservative politics.
Trump suggests delaying 2020 presidential election, citing fraud with mail-in ballots
President Donald Trump suggested delaying the November 2020 presidential election over concerns that universal mail-in ballots could be ripe with voter fraud, NBC reported.
On Thursday, President Trump tweeted: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Jobless claims rise for second week, GDP has record-setting drop
For the second time in two weeks, the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless benefits rose as more than 1.43 million people filed for unemployment. It marks the 19th week in a row that the United States has seen over a million claims for unemployment benefits, NBC reported. The previous record was set in 1982, when the weekly filings reached roughly 695,000.
Even more concerning, driven by the shuttering of businesses that has occurred amid the coronavirus pandemic, the United States gross domestic product (GDP) set a new record as it fell by 32.9 percent annualized for the second quarter, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Trump rescinds Obama-Biden AFFH Rule that could have rezoned suburban areas
President Donald Trump announced that he has rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH) that could have allowed the federal government to forcibly rezone suburban areas allowing low income housing, such as apartment buildings and duplexes, to be built in high-priced suburban neighborhoods.
The result could have a significantly impacted home values, as well as, changed the makeup of neighborhoods. In addition, it could have cost municipalities greatly in terms of altering infrastructure for utilities, sewage and numerous other factors.
Doctor Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, said the Obama-era rule “proved to be complicated, costly and ineffective.” Carson added that the rule “too often resulting in funds being steered away from communities that need them most,” CNBC reported.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced it was replacing the rule with one of its own called the “Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice.”
In a pair of tweets, President Trump announced the action, writing:
“I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood……Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!”