In a race for the Republican nomination for president that is rapidly turning into a contest of who can say the meanest things about China, presidential hopeful Scott Walker from Wisconsin had the latest quip on Friday saying that Chinese leaders should be “taken to the woodshed” rather than the White House.
Earlier this week, Walker joined other Republican voices in calling for President Barack Obama to cancel an official state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping over concerns about China’s militarization of the South China Sea and cyberhacking.
Of course, Walker himself lobbied to meet personally with Xi back in 2013, appeared on Chinese state-run television in 2012 and has set up ventures to promote trade between his state and China.
On Friday, Walker clarified his change in views about China to CNN’s Jim Sciutto as following with the change in responsibilities of the office that he hopes to hold:
Governors aren’t about foreign policy, they’re about trade, which is exactly what I’ve done and many other great governors have done across the country. Why would we be giving one of our highest honors, an official state visit, to a country that has been involved in something that directly has attacked our own government? It just doesn’t make any sense. If anything, we should be taking them to the woodshed on this issue, not to the White House.
So the reason I’m talking about it is not because I’m a governor today. The reason I’m talking about it is because I’m running for president of the United States. And I’m going to be in a position to affect that.
While Walker’s comment is certainly less silly, it’s hard to tell if it is more mean than Republican frontrunner and self-avowed China lover Donald Trump’s comments earlier this week that Chinese President Xi Jinping should be treated to a Double Big Mac at McDonald’s rather than hosted at a state dinner.
Someone calling for Xi to be fed a Single Big Mac inside a woodshed seems like the next logical step. Maybe Ben Carson will do it?