Many on the political left went apoplectic on Wednesday after President Donald Trump joked he was “the chosen one” to take on China over its unfair trade practices after his predecessors failed to do so.
A reporter asked Trump if the current trade war with China was worth it, given the negative impact on the U.S. economy.
“The fake news, of which many of you are members, is trying to convince the public to have a recession. ‘Let’s have a recession.’ The United States is doing phenomenally well,” the president replied.
“But one thing we have to do is economically take on China,” he continued. “Because China has been ripping us off for many years. President Clinton, President Bush, and President Obama, and others should have done this long before me.”
Trump acknowledged it would be much easier to continue to allow China to “rip the United States off,” but that would not be fulfilling his responsibilities.
“This isn’t my trade war,” he said. “This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents. Over the last five or six years, China has made $500 billion (a year). $500 billion.”
The former businessman also highlighted China’s ongoing practice of engaging in intellectual property theft to the tune of hundreds of millions per year. Forbes reported earlier this year that one in five U.S. companies say China has stolen their intellectual property.
“Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China. I am the chosen one,” Trump said, as he looked away toward the heavens.
President Trump: “I am the chosen one.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 21, 2019
“Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade, you know what? We’re winning,” the president continued.
Trump’s “chosen one” proclamation was more than some liberals could take.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine contended Trump’s words were a sign of “megalomania” and warned about parallels to Nazi Germany.
“Most tragic lesson of my Georgetown Prof Jan Karski who warned the world about the Nazis was that people said they didn’t think he was lying; they just couldn’t believe him. Lesson learned. Don’t look away. Believe the megalomania,” the California Democratic strategist tweeted.
Author and left-wing political activist Amy Siskind claimed Trump’s joke has placed the fate of American democracy at stake.
“He believes he is a dictator in charge. And he is getting away w/ it and no one is holding him accountable! We need to take to the streets and take our democracy back!” she tweeted.
Democratic Coalition co-founder Scott Dworkin tweeted, “Trump just looked up to the sky and said ‘I am the chosen one.’ A reminder that he’s completely insane, and unfit for office in every way. #25thAmendmentNow.”
Many headlines in mainstream media stories played up “the chosen one” language without giving it context. CNBC’s title was: “‘I am the Chosen One,’ Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China.” The Week left out any mention of China altogether: “Trump: ‘I am the chosen one.'”
Mediaite’s headlined — “Trump on Economy: I Am The Chosen One” — which wasn’t his claim at all.
Even Fox News had a misleading title — “Defiant Trump digs in amid battles on trade, guns, Israel: ‘I am the chosen one.’” To reiterate, trade with China was the question at hand, not guns or Israel.
Christian Broadcasting Network’s chief political analyst David Brody predicted a meltdown by liberals.
.@realDonaldTrump looked up to the sky and said, “I am the chosen one” when it comes to taking on China on trade. The liberal media will go into meltdown mode over this. Hey media: he was having some fun & playing it up in Trump-ego style. Everybody calm down. https://t.co/MiXoIAQD9O
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) August 21, 2019
“Hey media: he was having some fun & playing it up in Trump-ego style. Everybody calm down,” he wrote.
Yes and amen.
We have yet to reach the boundaries of the silliness liberals will engage in as they express their unhinged imaginations about Trump.
Those alarmed (or claiming to be alarmed) by Trump’s joke should get a sense of humor. Laughter is good medicine.
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