Earlier this year, the nationalistic Chinese tabloid, the Global Times used Donald Trump as an example for why democracy doesn’t work. Following one of the most explosive days in American political history, Chinese state media are now using the entire presidential race to trash the American political system and its suitableness for other nations.
A People’s Daily editorial published yesterday argues that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have spent more time during the campaign focusing on personal attacks rather than politics, neglecting important issues and popular dissatisfaction with the government. The editorial, written under the pen name “Zhong Sheng” or “Voice of the People” concludes.
For a long time, the U.S. has boasted that its lively election is a sign of its system’s superiority. However, the essential purpose of the election is to provide a driving force for development. The most important task for presidential nominees is not to win the election, but to eventually govern the country.
It’s time for the U.S. to take a close, honest look at its arrogant democracy and flawed politics.
The Global Times also offered its own take on the presidential race. After recounting the flaws of the two historically unpopular candidates, the editorial theorized that perhaps Clinton and Trump aren’t really to blame:
It’s possible that they are in fact not that bad in real life and have passable ethic standards. It may be the US election system that made them fierce. They describe each other as villains, because they want to manipulate public opinion in order to win the presidential race.
The editorial admits that, compared with dictatorships, the US and the Western political system does have its advantages, but it may not be for everybody:
Through the 20th century, dictatorships had mostly disappeared or been reformed. The concept of democracy had been widely spread around the world and adopted in many countries’ political systems in different forms. Ferocious battles for votes have become the theme of Western politics, rather than promoting policies. Western countries have a legal system in place to secure social stability in the face of such chaos, but many developing countries which hastily learn from them only incur social instability.
The election will continue to be the top entertainment in the US. The race to the bottom will continue to mislead people, as well as make them rethink the value of democracy. The question of how democracy should be practiced is far from being answered.
Neither editorial mentions China’s own political system. Chinese leaders and state media have long pronounced that China is simply too big, too uneducated, and too unstable to govern through democracy