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Opinion: The best way to check Trump is to vote him out of office

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The upcoming election is our biggest opportunity to check a runaway President. But Trump is now going after a core pillar of our democracy. The danger goes beyond the tweet -- Trump has already opposed universal mail-in voting, writes Julian Zelizer.

(CNN)On Thursday, President Trump floated the possibility of delaying the election when he tweeted, "With Universal Mail-in Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.

"Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is fascist," he wrote.

President Trump can't go there.

Over the course of his presidency, we've seen Trump repeatedly abuse and misuse his power — often without consequence.

While Trump's blistering rhetoric goes well beyond what we might expect from a President, most Americans have come to accept this as the new normal.

When Trump's Ukraine scheme became public, House Democrats moved forward with impeachment despite the political risks, and Sen. Mitt Romney took a stand as the sole Republican to vote to convict Trump of abuse of power.

The danger goes beyond the tweet — Trump has already opposed universal mail-in voting that would promote turnout and ensure Americans can cast their ballots safely during a pandemic.

Trump's tweet about delaying the election should be treated as a serious threat.

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