In a new video ad, the anti-Trump conservative group known as The Lincoln Project harshly criticizes the president for his relationship towards China. Trump has kept up an air of antagonism towards Chinese leaders throughout his time in office, but the reality is that he has frequently capitulated to the dictatorial leaders of the country. Towards the early part of the Coronavirus pandemic, he praised the country’s response to the virus, which first emerged within their borders. Before that development, Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton says that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to purchase from American farmers in order to help boost Trump’s political prospects.
The Lincoln Project says that “China made Donald Trump roll over like a dog.” At a recent vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, Pence claimed that, in contrast, it’s Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden who has been a “cheerleader” for China for decades. Journalist Mehdi Hasan called that claim “too dumb to even fact-check.”
In the new Lincoln Project ad, a narrator says:
‘Donald Trump is playing pretend again, saying he’s the one to take on China. They can’t wait. They know Donald Trump is weak, corrupt, ridiculed. China beats him every time. No matter what he says, China’s got his number. Trump even begged Chinese leader Xi to help him win re-election — like a dog. Trade negotiations? China won. Trump’s tariffs — they laughed as Trump hit American families with higher taxes. Trump’s trade war? Farms and small businesses went bankrupt. China’s military — expanding without American leadership in the region. President Xi? Trump rolls over for China’s president every time.’
Check out the video below:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 13, 2020
Trump has consistently tried to depict himself as tough on the dictatorial leaders of China, but this characterization is false. According to appalling revelations from John Bolton, Trump encouraged Chinese leaders’ construction of concentration camps for Muslims, and the president apparently joked with Chinese leader Xi Jinping about somehow serving beyond the U.S. Constitution’s two-term limit for presidents, which Trump has “joked” about in other contexts as well.
Many Americans are sick of Trump, it seems. As of Tuesday morning, the FiveThirtyEight average of national-level polling data has Biden in the lead by 10.6 percent. As of that same point, the site gave Biden an 87 percent chance of winning the presidency.
Check out Twitter’s response to the new Lincoln Project ad below: