Could 2020 Be the Year of the ‘China Election’ in America?

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com. He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

By Dr. Nicholas Waddy

These days, consumers of the news could easily be forgiven for experiencing “pandemic fatigue”. The body count, the travails of the first responders, the massive disruptions to daily life — these narratives have become not just the lead story, but the only story, both in broadcast and in online media.

The truth, however, much as it may be obscured by our current obsession with all things corona, is that, one day relatively soon, public attention will begin to shift away from the pandemic and towards other important themes.

One of these will, of course, be the pitched battle between Republicans and Democrats, between President Trump and adult day care escapee Joe Biden. When that battle is joined, however, it’s still unclear on what ground the two sides will fight.

While it may be tempting to imagine that President Trump’s reelection hinges on the public’s assessment of his pandemic leadership, and on the degree to which the country has recovered from the virus-related recession, I would like to propose another critical theme that could tip the scales: China.

Everyone knows that President Trump places much of the blame for the global pandemic on China, and more specifically on its slow response to the initial outbreak and its failure to share information about the disease with the rest of the world.

China strove to project a “business as usual” image to the world, to the great cost of the hundreds of thousands of people who will be killed by COVID-19, even in the most optimistic scenarios. Those hundreds of thousands could easily have become millions, had Western leaders, including President Trump, not acted so decisively to cut off travel to and from China back in January and February.

China, meanwhile, has deflected blame, even nurturing bizarre conspiracy theories that describe the virus as an American bioweapon.

In the United States, opinion leaders’ receptiveness to the China-is-to-blame narrative has largely tracked with their partisan leanings. Republicans and Trump fans have no hesitation in pointing the finger at China and its allies in the World Health Organization, whereas Democrats and Trump haters have often made excuses for China and vilified Trump as the Contaminant-in-Chief.

At the level of public opinion, however, as opposed to elite opinion, a recent Pew Research Center poll reveals that attitudes to China have grown dramatically more negative across the board. Even rank-and-file Democrats see China as a bad actor in the global tragedy of COVID-19.

In short, 72 percent of Republicans view China negatively, as do fully 62 percent of Democrats. Since skepticism about the Chinese is one of the few issues on which Republicans and Democrats can find any common ground, we might reasonably ask: could Sinophobia become an important theme in the presidential election?

Arguably, given President Trump’s bitter trade war with China, the communist superpower was already fated to be a bone of contention between Trump and his eventual Democratic opponent.

Since the Democrats and their media allies frequently criticize Trump’s anti-Chinese rhetoric and trade policies, and since Vice-President Biden’s controversial connections to China through his wayward son Hunter loom as potential vulnerabilities, there was never any question but that China would be front and center in November.

China’s role as the origin point of the current murderous pandemic merely raises the stakes, ensuring that China will be one of the top issues on voters’ minds.

President Trump’s forceful condemnation of China’s mishandling of the coronavirus, coupled with the Democrats’ reputation as proxies for Chinese interests and defenders of Beijing, give Trump and Republicans a key opportunity.

Instead of running in November to vindicate Trump’s leadership, which for all too many Americans is damaged goods, they can run against China and by arguing that the Democrats are beholden to the Chinese government and incapable of criticizing it.

Democrats will counter, naturally, that Trump is a xenophobe. They say so constantly, and Trump’s recent decision to suspend all immigration to the United States provides them with ammunition — not that they are above manufacturing their own.

The truth, though, is that nationalism, and nationally-specific solutions to containing and defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, are the order of the day. Borders are being closed, travel is being restricted, and national governments are charting their own independent courses almost everywhere, even in Europe, where pan-European, transnational cooperation, which was always more rhetorical than actual, is looking more threadbare than ever.

In an age when the key decisions are made by national governments, therefore, based on a frank assessment of national, rather than global, interests, one can argue that Trump’s philosophy of “America First” is ideally suited to capitalize politically on, and to embody, the new public mood.

When one couples this Trumpian nationalism with a clear and consistent message about China and the dangers it poses to the West — dangers to which the Democrats seem oblivious — Trump may have found an ideal formula to broaden his appeal to independents and even to some Democratic voters.

Just as some Bernie-minded Democrats voted for Trump in 2016 because of his strong stance on trade fairness, some non-GOP China skeptics may well vote for him this year, for similar reasons.

Thus, in 2020, the road to victory for Trump may pass right through China, just as it did before.

 

 


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  • Excellent article. Here in NYC everyone is sick of the Dems who let the homeless turn the subway into a petri dish and open drug and sex party scene. Coughing and wheezing on essential workers forced to ride the late night trains as they try to fight the virus; which came from – Trump Tower? Oh, no, it came from China.
    But the way the left wing fools talk it’s all Trump’s fault.
    Guess what, read the article posted here last month by Peronneau Vandehey giving the timeline of Trump, WHO and the CDC.
    Trump saved US lives – and it seems that China is committing open bio warfare.
    And that Dems are killing US citizens to serve their master, China.
    Like the 32 reps on the Humpty Dumpty Institute, first reported on 7 August 2019 by investigative reporter Davis Richardson in the Daily Caller, and then reported on further in September 2019 on this site.
    Dem leaders are putting up signs in Mandarin Chinese where no Chinese even live, maybe acting on orders from Beijing; and there is grafitti around NYC telling Americans to surrender, some with strange signs in yellow.
    Yellow and red are trying to take over red, white and blue.
    And the libs pretend it is Trump’s fault.
    De Blasio was called out by a black woman in B’klyn Sunday. Her husband had died and she had to keep him on ice, no one to take his body, or 100 others that ended up hauled away in a Uhaul. She cried out to the mayor – “Don’t try to blame this on Trump.”

    From the heart of NYC, which is now Ground Zero thanks to inaction by Dems – hear her words: “Don’t try to blame this on Trump.”

    The clues lead back to the nation that rapes and tortures its own citizens and has a biolab and a history of coronavirus outbreaks.

    Stevie Wonder could see this one.

  • 2020 IS THE YEAR OF CHINESE AND DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEVIOUSNESS AND PERFIDY.

    2020 IS THE YEAR OF CHINESE AND DEMOCRATIC PARTY TREASON!!!!!!

    I WILL LINK BELOW TO A VIDEO BY TWO ER DOCTORS FROM BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA.
    THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN BANNED BY THE GANGSTERS AND COMMUNIST SCUMBAGS OF YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE.
    IT IS AVAILABLE ON BITCHUTE.

    THESE TWO ER DOCTORS TELL OF EXTREME PRESSURE ON ALL DOCTORS TO MISDIAGNOSE ALL DEATHS AS COVID 19 DEATHS.
    THESE TWO ER DOCTORS EXPLAIN USING STATISTICS HOW COVID 19 IS NO DIFFERENT THAN OTHER FLU EPIDEMICS.
    THESE TWO ER DOCTORS EXPLAIN HOW THE HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM DEVELOPS AND WHY WE NEED GERMS, BACTERIA AND VIRUSES TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM.
    HUMAN BEINGS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO LIVE IN PLASTIC BUBBLES!!!!!!!
    INDEED THE COMMUNIST-DEMOCRATIC PARTY IMPOSED QUARANTINE WILL DAMAGE
    PEOPLE’S IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

    IN A NORMAL MEDICAL CRISIS YOU ONLY QUARANTINE THE SICK, NOT THE HEALTHY!
    THIS QUARANTINE LOCKS DOWN EVERYONE,HEALTHY AND SICK!
    THIS IS A POLITICAL QUARANTINE DESIGNED TO ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNISTS AND THEIR ALLIES IN THE DEMONIC DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HARM CAUSED BY THE COMMUNIST-DEMOCRATIC QUARANTINE WILL CAUSE MORE DAMAGE THAN THE VIRUS ITSELF.
    CHILD ABUSE IS SOARING.
    SPOUSAL ABUSE IS SKYROCKETING.
    ALCOHOLISM IS INCREASING.
    DRUG ABUSE IS GETTING WORSE.
    ISOLATION IS BREAKING PEOPLE DOWN.
    DEPRESSION IS STRIKING AT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE,
    SUICIDE RATES ARE INCREASING.
    UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY ARE INCREASING.
    ALL TO ADVANCE THE EVIL POLITICAL AGENDA OF THE ANTI-AMERICAN COMMUNISTS AND THE WICKED MARXIST DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    ANTHONY FAUCI IS AN ADMINISTRATOR, NOT A REGULAR PRACTICING DOCTOR.
    FAUCI IS MORE INTERESTED IN INCREASING HIS POWER.
    THESE TWO ER DOCTORS QUESTION HOW MANY PATIENTS FAUCI HAS TREATED IN THE PAST TWENTY YEARS.

    THE COMMUNIST-DEMOCRATIC PARTY ORCHESTRATED CRISIS WILL DAMAGE AMERICA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM!
    ALREADY HOSPITALS ARE FURLOUGHING DOCTORS AND LAYING OFF NURSES!

    THIS ENTIRE CONTRIVED CRISIS IS DESIGNED TO TANK AMERICA’S ECONOMY AND
    RIG AMERICA’S ELECTION SYSTEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF COMMUNISTS, MARXISTS AND DEVIOUS, DECEPTIVE SO-CALLED DEMOCRATS.

    YOU HAD BETTER START LEARNING CHINESE!
    ANONYMAKER, WATCH THE TWO ER DOCTORS AND IN YOUR “INFINITE” WISDOM TELL US HOW YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT MEDICINE THAN THEM!

    HERE IS THE LINK.
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/oGVRqleTzzMi/

  • If the poster had mentioned that Trump repeatedly lies that his tariffs are paid by China, but instead are paid by American businesses and consumers, then maybe the poster could be believed as impartial and not a Trump shill.

    • If business people and consumers want to avoid tariffs, then make and buy products MADE AND MANUFACTURED IN AMERICA BY AMERICAN WORKERS!
      FREE TRADE IS ECONOMIC TREASON!
      AMERICA FIRST, AMERICA FOREMOST, AMERICA FOREVER!

    • If you had mentioned that China devalued their currency to compensate for the tariffs, then your point would have been exposed for the trash that it is, so I did it for you. LOL

      • I’m sure you know that is irrelevant to Trump making the US pay for his tariffs and then lying about it…repeatedly.

      • Tariffs can be raised to ever higher levels.
        And import quota can be imposed.
        Scott, if you desire so strongly to buy Chinese junk, then you should move to China.
        Scott, most Chinese made face masks fail to meet required standards.
        Maybe the Chinese make face masks destined for America out of used underwear.

        China Delays Mask and Ventilator Exports After Quality Complaints
        Chinese customs officials, facing accusations from Europe that some medical supplies have been defective, say they will inspect every shipment.
        https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/business/china-mask-exports-coronavirus.html

    • I don’t think he’s a Trump shill, but I am inclined to think you are an agent of a nation that rapes and tortures its own citizens and that you hate America. Got a real name? Try using it – I do.

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