Skip to comments.The Atlantic: The Rest of the World Is Laughing at Trump
Posted on 05/04/2020 7:57:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
It looks, at first, like one of a zillion unfunny video clips that now circulate on the internet: Once Upon a Virus features cheap animation, cheesy music, and sarcastic dialogue between Chinarepresented by a Lego terra-cotta warrior with a low, masculine voiceand the United States, represented by a Lego Statue of Liberty with a high, squeaky voice. They speak in short sentences:
We discovered a new virus, says the warrior. So what? says the Statue of Liberty.
Its dangerous, says the warrior. Its only a flu, says Statue of Liberty.
Wear a mask, says the warrior. Dont wear a mask, says the Statue of Liberty.
Stay at home, says the warrior. Its violating human rights, says the Statue of Liberty
The dialogue goes on like thatIt will go away in April, the Statue of Liberty says at one pointuntil it ends, finally, with the statue on an intravenous drip making wild and contradictory statements while the warrior jeers at her.
Although this looks like an Im-bored-at-home amateur production, it is not: The video was published on April 30 by Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency. It has since been promoted by Chinese diplomats and watched, as of yesterday afternoon, by more than 1.6 million people around the world.
It has also been mocked and denounced as crude propagandawhich, of course, it is. Crude propaganda is what Chinas leaders do, both at home and abroad, and since the pandemic began they have stepped up their efforts. But even those who are mocking should beware: Anybody who knows any history will be aware that propagandaeven the most obvious, most shameless propagandasometimes works. And it works not because people necessarily believe that all of it is true, but because they respect the capabilities or fear the power of the people who produced it.
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Author Anne Applebaum then adds this near the end of her hit piece:
To be absolutely crystal clear: I am not praising Chinas efforts. I am simply calling attention to the fact that, in a world where people laugh at the American president, they might succeed. Inside the bubble of officials who surround Pompeo, it may well seem very brave and cutting-edge to use the expression Wuhan virus or to call for bigger and bolder rhetorical attacks on China. But out there in the real worldout there in the world where Pompeos boss is perceived as a sinister clown, and Pompeo himself as just the sinister clowns lackeynot very many people are listening. Once again: A vacuum has opened up, and the Chinese regime is leading the race to fill it.
Yes haha! The rest of the world....hahahah who did the exact same thing as Trump, but much later ....is haha...laughing, because the Chinese killing thousands of people is hilarious. Heres another rag thst needs to go bankrupt.
I thought the rest of the world was terrified of Trump.
What a bitchy opinion piece. Dear Lord, please let Trump have a 2nd term if for no other reason than to irritate people like this.
Two words into the title and I knew this was pure garbage. I doubt that rag wouldn’t string more than two words together in support of President Trump.
We had to look at 8 years of butt-kissing Obama scripted pressers and his goofy ugly grin on magazine cover after magaine cover.
Hope Trump winning another 4 years — and then Trump Jr. getting 8 after that - makes their heads explode.
Trump is for the United States.
The globalists want to sell us out to China and make us a 3rd world hell hole.
everyone knows the left cant meme, and that goes for the ccp.
Oh, sure she isn't. She is one of those people who is all in on repression of individual rights for the benefit of the state.
The cowardly POS knows she can't say it, hence the disclaimer.
And one more thing: We don't give a rat's ass about who is laughing at whom. You and your ilk can drown in a puddle of your own piss because you are so worried someone might laugh at you.
For Leftists, ridicule is the most effective poison. They are impervious to logic. They are impervious to reality. They are impervious to facts. But if you ridicule them, that is what they fear, and what enrages them the most.
Conservatives are ridiculed by them all the time, so we are somewhat resistant to it.
This nation is so long overdue for a revolution.
Do you enjoy posting leftist propaganda?
Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.
Once again: A vacuum has opened up, and the Chinese regime is leading the race to fill it.
Anne A. hails her new Chinese overlords.
Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth when
President Trump has four more years.
I will frolic happily in a pool of their bitter tears.
Get some, bitches!
To quote Nolan Ryan: “It helps if the hitter thinks you’re a little crazy”.
“Anne Elizabeth Applebaum is an American journalist and historian. She has written extensively about MarxismLeninism...”
She went native.
It's so nice how ‘the world’ is laughing at Trump - a billionaire who donated his time to help right the ship of America, and who without any political experience has been extremely effective and has showed how feckless the political class and ‘the liberal cocktail party crowd’ are.
Believe me, Anne, President Trump is laughing at you!
One of the best things about FreeRepublic is reading what the enemy has to say. We don't live in an echo-chamber bubble on here. Anyone who only listens to their side is ill-informed. That goes for conservatives, as well as leftists.