WH Condemns Hong Kong Election Delay A Day After Trump Floated Delaying US Vote
Just one day after President Trump floated the idea of delaying the November election, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany condemned Hong Kong’s decision to delay legislative elections, according to The Hill.
- McEnany said during a press briefing: "We condemn the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone for one year its legislative council elections and to disqualify opposition candidates.”
- She continued: "This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong's prosperity, and this is only the most recent in a growing list of broken promises by Beijing, which promised autonomy and freedom to the Hong Kong people until 2047 in the Sino-British joint declaration."
- Hong Kong’s government announced on Friday that elections scheduled for September would be delayed due to the pandemic, “citing risks to public health and strains on campaigns and voters caused by social distancing requirements and travel restrictions.”
- The Hill noted that anti-establishment protests have been taking place in Hong Kong for over a year and “have faced increasingly harsh crackdowns from the Chinese mainland.”
- “Pro-democracy groups viewed the decision as an attempt to thwart opposition candidates challenging those supported by Beijing,” the news outlet wrote.
On Thursday, Trump questioned in a tweet whether the U.S. should delay November’s presidential election.
- “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???” he wrote.
- The Hill noted that “Trump does not have the authority to move Election Day, and lawmakers in both parties swiftly and overwhelmingly rejected the idea out of hand.”
“Do I want to see a date change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election. This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens,” Trump told reporters Thursday, referencing widespread mail-in voting.
Experts have noted that there is no evidence of meaningful voter fraud in mail-in voting, which has been widely used for decades.