From Chicks On The Right:
That’s a headline I never really thought I’d write.
President Trump arrived in China on Wednesday, and you guys…the people loved him. They even have nicknames for him– “Uncle Trump” and “Donald the Strong.” I love that NYT has to acknowledge this.
“He’s true to himself,” said Dai Xiang, a resident of the eastern province of Jiangsu who belongs to an online group of more than 23,000 people that exchanges news and commentary about Mr. Trump. “He’s real, unlike other politicians.”
Well, Dai Xiang, that’s why we elected him!
They refer to him as “Uncle Trump,” “Grand Commander” and “Donald the Strong.” After Mr. Trump’s visit to the Forbidden City on Wednesday with President Xi Jinping, one fan wrote on social media, “Long live Emperor Trump!”
Mr. Trump’s Chinese fans praise his irrepressible style, his skill as an entertainer and his willingness to say what he thinks. Many also like the fact that he seems less inhibited than previous American presidents about recognizing China as a superpower and as an equal on the global stage.
A little personal perspective on this: I’ve never been to China, but my dad has. Loooooooong story short, he actually traveled there to install a mini golf course. Yeah…don’t ask. I’m still not quite sure how he managed to get that kind of completely random gig, but it’s pretty cool.
He even brought me back a cute little….cheongsam? Qipao? I think that’s what it’s called. (Don’t get mad at me. Get mad at Google.) You know– the traditional silk Chinese dresses? I still have mine. It obviously doesn’t fit anymore. After all, I was only 5.
Culturally appropriating at 5. Can you believe it? (I kid, I kid.)
ANYWAY. I remember my dad talking about how much the Chinese people loved Americans. He said they were absolutely fascinated with his standard of living. The fact that he had two vehicles blew them away. They were even shocked by the fact that he owned two dogs. (Insert dogs for dinner jokes here.) They even made him draw a picture of his house, and they thought it was out of this world. (For the record, it was a simple, small starter home that needed a LOT of work. It was NOTHING glamorous by any stretch of the imagination.) But TWO bathrooms? AMAZING. They were floored.
I guess my point is, Trump encompasses so much of the American spirit– the same American spirit the Chinese people are fascinated by. It’s just a theory, but I think I’m on to something.
And after years of American presidents lecturing China on issues like political prisoners and democracy, many also say they are relieved to see a leader who seems to care more about making deals than idealism.
They say Mr. Trump has changed the tone of America’s conversation with China.
“People are sort of tired of listening to that criticism,” said Xu Qinduo, a political commentator for China Radio International in Beijing. “Now we can talk to each other.”
The Chinese love Trump, and liberals hate it– so much that they’re now worried he’s colluding with China.