Kayleigh McEnany Says Election Delay Is Undemocratic — In Hong Kong, Anyway

Written by on July 31, 2020

The Chinese language authorities’s resolution to delay upcoming elections in Hong Kong undermines the democratic course of, White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated Friday — whilst her boss floated the potential for doing precisely the identical factor within the U.S.

“We condemn the Hong Kong authorities’s resolution to postpone for one 12 months its Legislative Council elections,” McEnany stated at a press convention. “This effort undermines the democratic processes and freedoms which have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity.” 

Hong Kong’s chief government, Carrie Lam, stated Friday that elections scheduled for early September can be delayed due to the dangers of spreading the coronavirus.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump floated the potential for suspending the U.S. election in November, claiming with none foundation actually that the vote can be “fraudulent” because of extra voting by mail amid the COVID-19 disaster. Trump doesn’t have the ability to postpone the election.

The president repeated the baseless claims on Friday, calling the U.S. election “mounted” and “rigged” and the “best election catastrophe in historical past” earlier than it even happens. He’s at the moment polling behind his opponent, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Requested his ideas concerning the Hong Kong election delay, Trump refused to debate it: “I wish to proper now give attention to this election,” he stated, that means the one within the U.S.

He promised an announcement “quickly” about Hong Kong and abruptly stopped taking questions.

Trump’s proposal to delay the U.S. election has infuriated Democrats and has not been supported by Republicans.

Influential conservative legislation professor and co-founder of The Federalist Society Steve Calabresi stated Thursday that Trump’s tweet is grounds for elimination from workplace. He known as the tweet “fascistic.”

Some critics see Trump’s transfer as a huge distraction from surging COVID-19 circumstances and a tanking economic system on his watch. Others imagine Trump is satisfied he’s going to lose the election and is greedy at something to dodge that future — or at the very least start creating an excuse.

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