President Donald Trump attempted to imitate a Chinese accent on Friday while discussing America’s drug problem compared to China and drew a round of rebukes on Twitter for it.
Before declaring a national emergency on the southern border in an effort to build his useless wall, Trump began by touting how China deals with drugs.
“Their criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called the death penalty,” Trump said. “Our criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called, ‘how about a fine.’”
He then claimed that he has discussed the drug problem with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“When I asked President Xi — I said, ‘Do you have a drug problem?’ No, no, no,” Trump said before offending Asians all over the world by imitating Xi.
“I said, ‘Why?’” he continued. “‘Death penalty. We give death penalty to people that sell drugs. End of problem.’”
Seriously. Here’s the video via Twitter.
Here’s the moment when President Trump affected a fake “Chinese” accent to imitate China’s President Xi Jinping.
“We give death penalty to people that sell drugs,” Trump said, imitating Xi. “End of story.” pic.twitter.com/GzAPqsNL8u
— queen noor al-sibai (@nooralsibai) February 15, 2019
Trump’s offensive imitation sparked outrage on social media.
You just can’t take the racism out of the racist
— Lioness (@InsaneMistress) February 15, 2019
— badwolf303 🇺🇸 (@badwolf303) February 15, 2019
Trump isn’t racist? How about that racist Chinese accent? This is more than sickening. He is INSANE!
— Em Carlson (@tattoodtwin) February 15, 2019
Wouldn’t be a Trump presser without extra doses of racism (in addition to all of the anti-immigrant racism), including a Chinese broken English accent and the phrase “off the reservation.”
— Rachel Kasten (@RachelKasten) February 15, 2019
This is racist af. LISTEN to Trump mimicking China’s President Xi Jinping’s accent in the Rose Garden:
“We give death penalty to people that sell drugs”, Trump said, imitating Xi Jinping
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) February 15, 2019
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 15, 2019
Watching this national emergency bullshit and I’m ready to get the slicey bois. This assface has mocked the President of China’s accent and proposed the death penalty for drug offenses. Donald Duerte Trump, folks.
— Kristen (@cherrychernobyl) February 15, 2019
It should be pointed out that Trump is literally calling for the United States to adopt an authoritarian approach toward drugs, which means many big pharmaceutical company executives must be really nervous right now considering they are the ones who perpetuate addiction in this country.
White House correspondent for the Toronto Star Daniel Dale came out swinging against Trump’s racist imitation by also pointing out that he’s lying because China actually does have a drug problem.
Trump is now saying that China does not have a drug problem because it gives the death penalty to drug dealers. China has a drug problem. https://t.co/0GYPV8VC9D
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 15, 2019
China is believed to have more narcotics regulations than any other country in the world, with more than 500 laws and guidelines implemented at various levels of government over different periods of time.
These “relentless and draconian countermeasures” have done little to lessen China’s drug problem, according to a report released last year by the Brookings Institute, a Washington, DC-based think-tank.
By contrast, the United States should actually be looking to Europe for strategies to deal with drugs. Drug usage is lower in Europe and fewer people die from them because of their focus on rehabilitation and legalization while only jailing drug dealers.
If Trump was hoping to use China to justify his national emergency and wall, he failed miserably while making an ass of himself in the process as usual.
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