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Biden predicted Trump would try to delay the election months ago

Conservatives' old tweets calling Biden nuts for the idea quickly resurfaced.

Jul 30, 2020, 2:00 pm*

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Colleen Hagerty 

Colleen Hagerty

In April, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden levied a serious allegation at Donald Trump, following weeks of the president floating unsubstantiated theories about election fraud and mail-in voting.

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“Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said, according to a CNN report.

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Republicans widely panned former vice president’s prediction, with Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh calling it the “incoherent, conspiracy theory ramblings of a lost candidate who is out of touch with reality.”

“President Trump has been clear that the election will happen on November 3rd,” Murtaugh said in a statement.

Fast-forward three months to Thursday, and that becomes a lot less “clear,” with President Trump tweeting, “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

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Now, Twitter users are digging up those conservative critiques of Biden’s election prediction, pointing out just how poorly they aged.

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“Define ‘off his rocker,’ it seems,” one journalist wrote, quoting an April tweet from GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest.

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“Wow, this sure aged well,” added another to legal analyst Jonathan Turley’s tweet, which had suggested Biden’s “theory” should be “sold in a set with a tin foil hat and an EMT ghost detector.”

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Media Matters for America reporter Eric Hananoki even compiled a Twitter thread of takes on the topic that didn’t withstand the test of time. It shows multiple instances of Biden’s remarks being called “low,” “irresponsible,” “fear-mongering,” “dangerous,” and “absurd,” among other, lengthier critiques.

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Biden has yet to weigh in on Trump’s election tweet, which is now pinned to the top of the president’s Twitter feed. But, as a reminder, Trump doesn’t have the sole authority to move the election dateā€”he would need Congress in his corner to make that happen.

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*First Published: Jul 30, 2020, 1:55 pm