Lam, citing a worsening Covid-19 outbreak in Hong Kong, announced earlier Friday that the semi-autonomous Chinese city would push back by one year the Legislative Council elections previously scheduled to take place in September.
McEnany characterized Lam’s invocation of her emergency powers to force the rescheduling as “only the most recent in a growing list of broken promises by Beijing, which promised autonomy and freedoms to the Hong Kong people until 2047 in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
The White House’s condemnation followed a tweet by the president on Thursday that the U.S. should delay its general election, now less than 100 days away, because of his unsubstantiated predictions of widespread mail-in voter fraud.
After facing a near-universal bipartisan rebuke for floating a change to the Nov. 3 voting date, Trump attempted to rescind his recommendation in a subsequent tweet and during remarks at a White House coronavirus briefing.
“Do I want to see a day change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election,” he told reporters, asserting without evidence that an election in which large swaths of voters cast their ballots by mail would be “the most rigged election in history.”
Despite Trump’s repeated insistence to the contrary, cases of election fraud in the U.S. are exceedingly rare. Experts acknowledge that there are some slightly higher fraud risks associated with mail-in balloting when proper security measures are not put in place.
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 could only be rescheduled by Congress.
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