On Thursday, Trump drew immediate belief from across the political spectrum after proposing to postpone the Nov. 3 election and called without evidence that widespread mail voting would be a “catastrophic disaster” leading to results. fraudulent – a statement she repeated later Friday when she spoke to reporters.
State governments have always adopted email voting in response to the pandemic and cast it as a means to make fewer people risk infection while casting polls in person. Democrats seized on Trump̵7;s proposal, suggesting it was evidence he feared he would lose on behalf of their party’s alleged leader, Joe Biden, who was leading the election.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a news conference that she was invoking emergency powers to postpone the vote – unprecedented in the city’s political history since moving from Britain to Britain. China in 1997. Postponing the election, she said, was the “most difficult” decision she had to make since the virus began in January.
Because of the pandemic, “we will not be able to meet the requirements of an open and fair election,” she said.
Politicians and opposition observers characterized the move as intended to unite the political system with those loyal to the Chinese Communist Party and discard the moderate political opposition in Hong Kong.
McEnany said from the White House podium that the postponement “undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have supported Hong Kong’s prosperity, and this is the most recent in the growing list of broken promises by Beijing. “
Trump raised the idea of delaying the U.S. presidential election in a tweet Thursday morning, concluding with the question: “Delay the Election until people can vote properly, safely and securely ?? ? “
At a news conference later in the day, he said that while he doesn’t want to delay the Nov. 3 vote, the alternative is a “crooked election” that could take months or even years to resolve – he suggests that he is willing to contest the result if he loses.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump said he would prefer to hold the election as soon as possible but predicted it would be “catastrophic for our nation” if there is widespread postal voting.
“You don’t know the election result for weeks, months, maybe years later,” Trump said. “Maybe you never know the outcome of the election, and that’s worrying. It will be fixed. It will be suppressed. People should be smart.
Trump pointed to the congressional elections in New York where postal votes are still being counted several weeks after Election Day.
“Everyone knows that postal voting is a disaster,” he said.
Trump sought to distinguish between absent voting, saying it would ensure more security and other forms of postal voting.
“These governors will send millions of votes. They don’t even know where they’re sending them,” Trump said.
Shibani Mahtani in Hong Kong and Amy Gardner in Washington contributed to this report.