On Thursday, Trump drew immediate rebukes from across the political spectrum after proposing to postpone the Nov. 3 election and arguing without evidence that a broad mail vote would be a “catastrophic catastrophe” leading to false results, a statement he later repeated. on Friday when he spoke to reporters.
State governments are increasingly accepting postal voting in response to the pandemic, passing it on as a way for fewer people to risk infection while running ballots in person. Democrats took advantage of Trump̵
Hong Kong CEO Kari Lam told a news conference that she was referring to urgent powers to postpone the vote – unprecedented in the city’s political history since it was handed over from Britain to China in 1997. She said the postponement of the election was the worst. difficult decision ”, which he had to make after the appearance of the virus in January.
“Because of the pandemic, we could not meet the requirements for open and fair elections,” she said.
Opposition politicians and observers have described the move as designed to align the political system with those loyal to the Chinese Communist Party and to eliminate even moderate political opposition in Hong Kong.
McEnnani said from the White House podium that the postponement “undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that underpin Hong Kong’s prosperity, and this is just the latest in a growing list of broken promises by Beijing.”
Trump floated the idea of postponing the US presidential election on Thursday morning, ending with the question: “Delay the election until people can vote correctly, safely and safely ???”
He told a news conference later in the day that while he did not want to delay the vote on November 3rd, the alternative was “crooked elections” that could take months or even years to resolve – assuming he was ready to challenge contest results if he loses.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said he would prefer to hold the election earlier if possible, but predicted it would be “catastrophic for our nation” if there was a broad vote in the mail.
“You won’t know the election results for weeks, months, maybe years,” Trump said. “You may never know the outcome of the election, and that is exactly what concerns me. It will be fixed. He will be stiff. People need to get smart.
Trump pointed to the congressional election in New York, in which ballots are still counted a few weeks after election day.
“Everyone knows that mail ballots are a disaster,” he said.
Trump has tried to differentiate between absent voting by saying it provides more security and other forms of mail voting.
“These managers will send millions of ballots. They don’t even know where they’re being sent, “Trump said.
Fucking Mahtani in Hong Kong and Amy Gardner in Washington contributed to this report.