Historically, whenever societies have experienced either an economic downturn or an epidemic of a disease, people have started looking for scapegoats to blame for the problem. In ancient societies, a literal human sacrifice might result. Right now, the US is experiencing both an economic downturn and an epidemic. Trump’s well-established anti-Chinese rhetoric provides him with the perfect opportunity to utilize Sinophobia as a political vehicle. Already anti-Chinese sentiment is rising.
“The Chinese gave us coronavirus!” “The Chinese were building a bioweapon!” “The Chinese stole our surgical masks!” “The Chinese lied about the number of coronavirus victims!” “The Chinese stole our jobs!” “The Chinese destroyed our economy!”
Whether any of this is true or not is beside the point if people think and act as if it is true. Already, harassment and even hate crimes against Asian-Americans are increasing (which is intensified by the fact that many Americans don’t know the difference between Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc.)
All of this now provides Trump with the opportunity to present himself as the “anti-China” candidate while slamming Biden as a Chinese puppet (ironically, the same way liberal and left opinion have slammed Trump as a Russian puppet over the past few years).
The Russian puppet vs. the Chinese puppet in 2020.
Saagar Enjeti blasts the media’s coverage of the Trump campaign ad that calls out Biden as being far too soft on the Chinese regime.