In a scathing editorial yesterday, Party mouthpiece the Global Times decided to weigh in on violent clashes between protesters and supporters that stopped Donald Trump from speaking at a rally in Chicago last week, turns out the incident marks a new low for American democracy.
The Global Times writes that while fist fights may be quite “common” in emerging democracies, this event was shocking coming from “one of the most developed and mature democratic election systems” in the world.
While Trump may be a love-hater of China, it doesn’t seem like the feeling is exactly mutual, with the editorial attacking Trump as a “rich, narcissist and imflammatory candidate” whose “remarks are abusively racist and extremist.” This “big-mouthed, anti-traditional, abusively forthright” image has made him the “perfect populist.”
The editorial asserts that Americans know that elections “cannot really change their lives,” so instead they support Trump and vote with their “spleen.” Therefore, the Global Times warns:
Mussolini and Hitler came to power through elections, a heavy lesson for Western democracy. Now, most analysts believe the US election system will stop Trump from being president eventually. The process will be scary but not dangerous.
Even if Trump is simply a false alarm, the impact has already left a dent. The US faces the prospect of an institutional failure, which might be triggered by a growing mass of real-life problems.
The US 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.
For China, the protests in Chicago couldn’t have come at a better time. Just last week, the Chinese ambassador to the UN blasted the US for the “rape and murder” of innocent civilians abroad and rampant racism at home. While on Sunday, CCTV released a full 45-minute documentary focusing around “exposing US hypocrisy” over human rights.
With Trump as its boogeyman, it seems that China will be able to swat away pesky and inconvenient questions about gradually democratizing for some time to come.