Conservative activist Matt Schlapp: Hong Kong protests a '1776 moment'

Conservative activist Matt Schlapp invoked the Declaration of Independence when describing the months-long anti-government protests in Hong Kong, calling them a politically historic moment for the city.

“This is a 1776 moment for the people of Hong Kong,” Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti.

Schlapp described seeing people of all generations offer support for the demonstrations during a visit to the city to meet with protesters.

“We went to a train station too to be with the protestors and the older people would walk by the protestors — they were going from one train to the other carrying their bags and everything and they would chant too,” he said. “You can see everybody is in on this.”

His comments come after protestors over the weekend called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE to “liberate” Hong Kong from China.

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday while singing the Star Spangled Banner and waving the U.S. flag.

“Fight for Freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” they shouted. “Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong.”

Protestors also called on Trump to ensure that Congress pass a human rights bill that would impose economic sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland China.

Hong Kong’s government, meanwhile, criticized the bill and warned for the U.S. to stay out of its domestic affairs. 

It said in a statement Monday that “foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs” of Hong Kong, according to the Associated Press.

The recent wave of protests was initially sparked by a controversial bill that would have allowed some Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to China. Though the measure has since been withdrawn, mass protests have continued with new demands, including direct democratic elections for city officials.

—Tess Bonn