As Twitchy told you earlier, Donald Trump thought it would be a great idea to congratulate Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 70th anniversary of the communists coming to power. Only hours after a Hong Kong protester was shot, no less.
Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
That was a really, really stupid thing to do and Trump’s been getting pounded for it.
That said, as Jeryl Bier points out, a decision that tone-deaf and appalling is not unprecedented:
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) October 1, 2019
It was bad then too
— Destructive Chemistry (@DestructiveChem) October 1, 2019
Wrong then. Wrong now
— Supply Side Gaslighting (@82_and_0) October 1, 2019
It's ALWAYS wrong.
— Ge?rge Wept (@GeorgeWept) October 1, 2019
It’s important to point out that Bier’s not suggesting that Hillary Clinton licking China’s boots makes what Trump did any less shameful, but rather that some of our high-ranking government officials seem to have a problem acknowledging that communism and authoritarianism are terrible.
As my momma used to say “two wrongs don’t make a right”. But it’s still good to know
— JustSusan (@sjwillad) October 1, 2019
Here’s a parting piece of advice for anyone else who’s thinking of giving props to oppressive communist regimes:
Never congratulate a Commie government on its “success”, because inevitably you’ll be saying “Good job on oppressing and killing your people.” https://t.co/1X7sDpyaTA
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) October 1, 2019