Trump; ‘Too Many Jobs In China Lost’ – Supporters Stunned as Liberals Say ‘Told You So’
Making China Great Again?
Donald J. Trump won an electoral victory for the White House very largely on a promise to get tough on China in order to restore lost American jobs.
But Monday morning Trump, who has used Twitter as his primary outreach to the people, often in controversial ways, tweeted the following:
President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018
Wait… what? What happened to “America first”? What happened to “Make America Great Again”? When did “MAGA” become MCGA?
Critics were quick to denounce the statement, particularly since ZTE was suspected by the intelligence community of spying on Americans.
Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat. You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs. https://t.co/7Ygh7805jg
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 13, 2018
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 13, 2018
Trump is now threatening European allies with Sanctions if they stay in the Iran deal. Meanwhile, he's promising to prop up ZTE, a Chinese company.
It appears as if the United States is aligning our interests with Russian/China/NK rather than Europe/Canada.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 14, 2018
Sure, the ZTE tweet was bizarre. But you know what's weirder? We don't know how the Trump Organization makes money and we haven't seen Donald's taxes. We don't know what motivates this President, even when he says things inconsistent with the views of our intelligence agencies.
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) May 14, 2018
Top Republicans & Trump Supporters Dismayed
But it wasn’t just critics of Trump who were critical of the announcement. Top Republicans and voters from Trump’s own base were also quick to express their bewilderment.
Marco Rubio echoed Democrat Adam Schiff to say what Trump should be concerned about is national security. But then went even further than Schiff, questioning whether this meant Trump was backing down on China.
Problem with ZTE isn’t jobs & trade, it’s national security & espionage. Any telecomm firm in #China can be forced to act as tool of Chinese espionage without any court order or any other review process. We are crazy to allow them to operate in U.S. without tighter restrictions https://t.co/AXtTDgufc9
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 14, 2018
I hope this isn’t the beginning of backing down to China. While Chinese companies have unrestricted access to U.S. market & protection of our laws many U.S. companies have been ruined after #China blocked market access or stole their intellectual property https://t.co/zUFmiul786
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 14, 2018
Fox News Business host Lou Dobbs, whose drumbeat against immigration while at CNN helped turn America rightward, but these days is all over the “TrumpTrain” hashtag, tweeted an Axios article that suggested Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is leading Trump down a conciliatory path. Dobbs even declared “China wins” if Trump takes this action.
China wins If U.S. Globalists prevail in this so-called "bargain" with ZTE: China will simultaneously gut WH trade initiatives and Trump Iran doctrine- Trump's grand bargain on China https://t.co/RZdoxTNF0W #AmericaFirst #MAGA @realDonaldTrump #TrumpTrain #Dobbs
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) May 14, 2018
No Spin Zone
Responding to Dobbs, some MAGA-ites expressed their 100% undying trust in Trump. But the MAGAsphere in general was deafeningly silent on the topic. As if stunned silent, and not even knowing how to spin it, this ultimate betrayal by a President whose whole candidacy was about screwing over the other guy, whether immigrant, or foreign worker, for the sake of the American worker (with more than a little racism in the mix).
I followed the tracks of the Trump Train on Twitter and Trump Tweeter after Trump Tweeter avoided the subject like the plague. I couldn’t find a single reaction one way or the other from any of them. It was if it just never happened. As if if they were in denial.
In fact, most of those aboard the Trump Train preferred instead to ignore the sudden shift to making China great again, and instead celebrate Trump’s efforts to make Israel great again with the opening of the Jerusalem embassy, as Israeli troops gun down thousands of Palestinian demonstrators at the border, killing dozens, including several small children with sniper fire, and shelling.
Told You So
But liberals on Twitter weren’t so silent. A search for ZTE MAGA turned up a whole lot of liberals taking a swipe at the MAGA crowd, with gloating, and a whole lot of ‘told ‘ya so”….
The tale of phony MAGA in 4 tweets. More like Make China Great Again?
Trumpers played themselves again. ZTE lol. pic.twitter.com/udiosgfIwJ
— Michael ❄️ (@MikeTheAverage) May 13, 2018
Hey #MAGA heads! Did your factory close and your job go to China? You will be pleased to know that Trump is more concerned about Chinese workers losing their jobs than he is about you!
— PoliSnark (@polisnark) May 13, 2018
What the Heck Is Even Going on With This Trump Tweet About ZTE and Chinese Jobs https://t.co/rbl5f1jeye #MAGA or Make China Even STRONGER?! WTH #tcot this is your guy giving jobs to the Chinese. Not to mention your data. #Infosec #Natsec pic.twitter.com/zHluChq6JE
— R. Saddler 📎🗽🌊 (@Politics_PR) May 13, 2018
Make China Great Again!
— Resist/Vote 2018 (@MPierce47) May 14, 2018
— J.C. Braun (@Magenta247) May 14, 2018
— Bruce Bourgoine (@BruceBourgoine) May 14, 2018
— Louis Nayman (@LNayman) May 13, 2018
… And that’s just a sampling.
So what now? Trump’s “Make America Great Again” has become Make China Great Again, and “America First” has become Israel First, China Second, America, well, at least somewhere before the “shithole countries” .
Maybe those last two tweeters were on to something. Let’s see Trump’s tax returns. And Cohen’s. American, and Chinese.
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