Citing an outbreak of Covid-19 in Hong Kong, Lam announced earlier on Friday that the semi-autonomous Chinese city will push back to September 5, 2021, the previously scheduled Legislative Council elections to be made in just over a month.
McEnany said Lam’s invocation of its emergency powers to force rescheduling represents “only the most recent in Beijing’s growing list of broken promises, which promised autonomy and freedoms to the Hong Kong people by 2047 in the Sino-British Joint Declaration. “
The White House statement followed Trump̵7;s tweet Thursday proposing that the United States delay its general election, now less than 100 days away, because of its unsubstantiated predictions of fraud. spread by e-mail.
Having faced an almost universal bipartisan rebuke for adding a change to the voting date of 3 November, the president appeared to support his recommendation in a subsequent tweet and during remarks at the White House Coronavirus briefing.
“Do I want to see change every day? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election,” he told reporters, arguing without evidence that an election in which large swaths of voters cast their votes by mail would be “the most rigorous election in the world.” -history. “
Despite Trump’s repeated insistence to the contrary, cases of election fraud in the United States are extremely rare. Experts acknowledge that there are some slightly higher risks of fraud associated with postal voting when appropriate security measures are not introduced.
The date for the presidential election has been set in law by Congress since 1845 as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The president has no constitutional authority to change the date of the election, which can only be rescheduled by Congress.