Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility

Miami-Dade County Judges Eleane Sosa-Bruzon, left, and Victoria Ferrer, right, examine signatures on vote-by-mail ballots for the Aug. 18 primary election as the canvassing board meets at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Thursday in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

President Donald Trump delivers remarks about American energy production during a visit to the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig, Wednesday in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. His campaign to sow doubt about the election’s outcome drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power.