On the campaign trail and in speeches on U.S. soil, Donald Trump has taken a hard stance against China, despite giving appeasing speeches while actually in China. He’s blasted China for unfair trade practices and promised to ignite a “trade war” if provoked.
Now, a shopping mall in China has put up a giant statue of Trump as a dog. Donald Trump was actually born in the year of dog according to the Chinese calendar, and 2018 is the year of the dog as well, so the statue makes sense. However, it’s certainly less than flattering, and clearly intended to be an unkind caricature of Trump. You can see the statue below:
Welcome the #TrumpDog: A giant dog figure sporting Trump's hairdo and gesture is seen outside a shopping mall in downtown Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, heralding the upcoming Year of the Dog. US President Trump was born in 1946 in the Year of the Dog. pic.twitter.com/SwbIZrKrmN
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) December 26, 2017
A mall in China is ringing in the year of the dog with a Trump-inspired dog statue https://t.co/Dtg8JgQvGD #fcquartz #fcnews #fcChina The Chinese mall best known for its statue of a rooster modeled after Donald Trump has done it again. Brace yourself for #TrumpDog. pic.twitter.com/IcAWAudjfV
— fonecable.com (@fonecable) December 27, 2017
The same mall has previously done an infamous installation of Donald Trump as a rooster:
— gunfunner ❌ (@gunfunner) December 27, 2017
During a speech in China, Trump actually took an anti-American tack, choosing to blame past administrations for a trade deficit rather than continuing the stronger rhetoric used domestically. You can watch a video of that speech below:
This stands in sharp contrast to what he had to say about China on the campaign trail, where he attacked China on dozens of occasions. Here are examples (it’s usually the same sort of stuff, Donald Trump does not have a large amount of variance in his thoughts or vocabulary) courtesy of ABC News:
Campaign event in Bluffton, S.C. – July 21, 2015
“I beat the people from China. I win against China. You can win against China if you’re smart. But our people don’t have a clue. We give state dinners to the heads of China. I said why are you doing state dinners for them? They’re ripping us left and right. Just take them to McDonald’s and go back to the negotiating table.”
Campaign rally in Staten Island, N.Y. — April 17, 2016
“China’s upset because of the way Donald Trump is talking about trade with China. They’re ripping us off, folks, it’s time. I’m so happy they’re upset.”
‘Crippled America’ book – 2015
“There are people who wish I wouldn’t refer to China as our enemy. But that’s exactly what they are. They have destroyed entire industries by utilizing low-wage workers, cost us tens of thousands of jobs, spied on our businesses, stolen our technology, and have manipulated and devalued their currency, which makes importing our goods more expensive – and sometimes, impossible.”
In reality, it’s just nativist propaganda designed to whip his base into a frenzy. Trump’s foreign policy boils down to which leaders stroke his ego the best – he does not have any nuance whatsoever. If someone is nice to him, he’ll roll over every time. If he cared at all about American workers, Republicans would not have passed a tax bill robbing people who actually work to put more money in the pockets of billionaires and trust fund babies.
Since the mall did the statue of Trump in 2016 and 2017, it will be interesting to see if they continue the trend moving forward, even when Trump is no longer president. 2018 and 2019 are the Year of the Pig and the Rat, respectively. 2020 and 2021 would be slightly more flattering (an ox and a tiger), but it seems doubtful he’ll be a presidential contender or White House resident by that point.
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