The Chinese government interfered in the 2020 U.S. presidential election with the goal of boosting the candidacy of Selina Meyer throughout the presidential primaries and the subsequent general election.
|2020 U.S. presidential election|
|Primaries (Debates, Convention) • Party nominee • Opposition nominee • Chinese interference • General election|
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In December 2016, Chinese President Lu Chi-Jang and American President Selina Meyer met at Camp David to discuss the removal of recently placed sanctions on the China. Because the Chinese economy was in a worse shape than any of the Americans realized, Lu offered the independence of Tibet in exchange for removal of the sanctions. Tibet was officially freed on January 20, 2017.
Sometime before the 2020 presidential primaries, Lu privately expressed the desire for Laura Montez, Meyer's successor, to be re-elected the 2020 United States presidential election. In order to do this, Lu decided that Selina Meyer, running in the primaries, was the best candidate to lose against Montez in the general election.
On February 19, 2020, former Meyer staffer Mike McLintock was approached by a Chinese official at the Chinese consulate in Washington, D.C., wishing to pass along a message to Meyer on behalf of Lu: that Lu would be watching the election with great interest and would wish to return to their discussion about the Diaoyu islands in the near future. Meyer and her associates deciphered that China would be willing to rig the election in favor of Meyer.
On February 21, Meyer publicly pledged to recognize the Diaoyu islands as Chinese territory. The next day, she learned that her campaign manager Keith Quinn had connections to the Chinese, and that her campaign's faith-based initiative received an anonymous financial infusion of 25 million dollars. On the day of the South Carolina primary, several occurrences around the state involving curfews and voter disenfranchisement prevented a large African-American population from going to the polls. The people prevented from voting were primarily estimated to be supporters of Meyer's primary rival Kemi Talbot. Meyer was declared the winner of the South Carolina primary that night in a "decisive" victory.
On March 1, Meyer discovered from a translated note belonging to Quinn that the Chinese were helping Meyer's primary campaign so that she would lose against Montez in the general election.
On April 15, while at the Nobel Summit in Oslo, Meyer confronted Lu about his plan to get Montez re-elected. Lu seemed reluctant to cut any kind of deal with Meyer until she suggested returning Tibet to Chinese sovereignty. Lu ecstatically accepted Meyer's offer.
The reveal that Meyer, while President, launched a drone strike that killed an elephant drew widespread condemnation and prevented Meyer from reaching the delegate threshold needed to win the nomination. At the 2020 National Convention, Meyer was able to achieve the nomination.
During the general election, the Chinese likely interfered on behalf of Meyer as the return of Tibet was too great of an offer for them. Meyer and her running mate Jonah Ryan won the election on November 3.
On January 21, 2021, Chinese tank movements were detected around the Tibetan area. Tibet would officially return to Chinese sovereignty sometime during Meyer's full term in office.