Even when they bluff that they can’t wait for the US to be replaced by, for instance, China. If they truly believed that the US was an oppressive imperialist nation, how could they even say the words to hope that China, of all nations, overtakes us? But I have seen Euro posters on Euro newspaper sites claim to want just that. It’s hard to believe that they really mean it and aren’t just displaying their reflexive anti-Americanism.
It's because the #1 status of the US is SO accepted that these countries are free to vocally hope for something they don't really think will happen.
So what will happen when the unthinkable happens, and under their very own "messiah," who they praised the US for choosing?
I think you've just called them on it.
Anti-Americanism in Europe, in the last century, has usually been associated with Marxism. I noticed it in the writing of English youth writer Arthur Ransome many years ago, and I wondered why he seemed to dislike America. Years later I found out Ransome was a Eurocommunist who'd been to Russia during and immediately after the Russian Revolution, and he'd married Politburo member Grigoriy Zinoviev's personal secretary.