The monkey does not lie. The next president of the United States of America will be Donald Trump.
Trump’s surprise victory at the polls on Tuesday left many across America shellshocked as he took to the stage in the early morning hours of Wednesday to announce that he planned to do “a great job” as president to all of the American people. Meanwhile, across the ocean, Chinese netizens flocked to social media to discuss what the hell had just happened.
Here’s a sampling of some popular comments on various Weibo threads:
“Once again this proves that the strategy of ‘encircling the cities with the rural’ is the correct revolutionary road to seizing ultimate national victory.”
“Trump has become America’s Mao Zedong!”
“This is a transcendent victory! It’s a victory for Chinese netizens! It’s a victory for mysterious Eastern forces!”
“The whole world is celebrating right now because America voted for this idiot.”
“America, we have good news: It’s a boy!!!”
“Election day in the US is the one day that Chinese people finally get to discuss politics.”
“The American drama is over, time to switch over to the Korean one.”
According to SCMP, media coverage of Election Day in the US was muted in China — just like during the three presidential debates in September and October. One source said that Chinese websites and news outlets were told by censors not to provide any live coverage and to avoid “excessive” reporting on the voting, hoping to limit the “possible influence from Western ideas and democracy.”
However, this trainwreck of an election has proved a godsend for Chinese propaganda, allowing state news media to freely attack both candidates and trash the American political system in general. On Monday, People’s Daily published an editorial with the headline: “No matter who wins, US presidential election reveals ‘ill’ democracy. The opinion piece argued that:
“History will deem this election the most dark, chaotic and negative one in the past two centuries. It certainly will not be viewed as a victory of democracy.”
Party tabloid the Global Times also published an editorial earlier this week, explaining that it didn’t really matter for China who won the election:
No matter who sits in the White House, the dynamic between China and the US will not be changed. Nor will the pattern of integrated interests and the Democratic and Republican parties’ understanding of US-China relations.
Once Trump takes office, China will face more challenges at the economic and trade level. If Clinton wins, she will set more strategic and geopolitical obstacles.
But the overall situation will not change much, as China has experienced US leadership changes several times. Both countries know how to get along with each other during a transitional period.
However, veteran China watcher Orville Schell believes that China’s top leadership was rooting for Trump the whole time, telling The Guardian:
“It was Mao Zedong who said: ‘Without destruction there can be no construction’. And, if I interpret him correctly, Donald Trump is the suicide bomber of American politics. He wants to just bring the whole house down and start over. And I think there is an element [of that] that is quite tantalizing to China.”
While things may look bleak at the moment, we can at least look forward to Xi Jinping’s next visit to the White House.
Mystical monkey: 1; Pollsters: 0.