It is indeed true that Donald J. Trump is an existential threat to democracy – even in countries where the governmental system hasn’t been implemented yet.
Case in point: The tabloid Global Times, owned by the ruling Communist Party of China, recently published an editorial that cited violence during Trump’s rallies as testament to the inherent dangers of democracy.
The nearly 500-word piece started off with Friday night’s chaos in Chicago that resulted in the cancelation of Trump’s Illinois rally.
“Fist fights among voters who have different political orientations is quite common in developing countries during election seasons,” the paper noted. “Now, a similar show is shockingly staged in the US, which boasts one of the most developed and mature democratic election systems.”
But the scathing takedown didn’t stop there. It went as far as stating that Western democracy helped bring tyrants like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler rose to power.
“The U.S. had better watch itself for not being a source of destructive forces against world peace, more than pointing fingers at other countries for their so-called nationalism and tyranny,” the editorial went on.
And this is just one example. China seems to have taken a far more defensive approach than usual toward the United States over the past few days.
After the U.S. and 11 other countries at the United Nations criticized the communist government’s crackdown on human rights violations and its detentions of lawyers and activists this week, China hit back by calling out the U.S. government over its own checkered record, replete with abuses.
"The U.S. is notorious for prison abuse at Guantanamo prison, its gun violence is rampant, racism is its deep-rooted malaise," Chinese diplomat Fu Cong told the UN Human Rights Council. "The United States conducts large-scale extra-territorial eavesdropping, uses drones to attack other countries' innocent civilians, its troops on foreign soil commit rape and murder of local people. It conducts kidnapping overseas and uses black prisons."
While the Global Times is certainly not wrong about violence during Trump’s rallies — which can in no way be refuted — it’s disgusting how one-party authoritarian governments are using the vitriol spewed by just one presidential candidate to tar the entire political system of the West with the same brush.
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