Contest inspires China netizens to offer takes
As the US presidential election results became clear, Chinese social media users didn’t hold back in assessing the race and the candidates.
Weibo user “Superficial NaOH Bacteria” said that the election was “more dramatic than a Korean soap opera”.
User “Plum Wood L” said that it was imperative to “support Trump. I think there will be a good future for trade with China.”
For some, however, the allure of Trump’s presidency was its newness.
“Zijin Student” wrote that “Hillary is a typical politician, while Trump is energetic and he has an excellent daughter — so I am in favor of him. ... it will also change the history of US presidents, just like the first black president, Obama.”
Media outlet Global Times also ran an article entitled Trump’s victory: Chinese Americans can finally go to the toilet!
The article, which showed a generally positive view of Trump, took issue with Obama’s openness to the LGBT community. In particular, that a woman should “go to the same toilet as a man”, echoing the current American debate over transgender public restrooms and North Carolina’s HB2 bill.
The comments section became a sounding board for netizens to comment on Trump’s policies broadly.
“Trump’s foreign policy is very problematic. Now he is in power and he doesn’t know what impact it will have on global business in the future,” wrote “Saint Panda”.
“Sharp User” wrote that “Trump should understand that life won’t be easy if he offends Russia and China”.
“Little Peach Wu” wrote, in response to the Global Times article: “Don’t try to brainwash us Chinese — an uneducated person as president? What a joke.”
Elsewhere earlier on Tuesday, netizens compared the candidates.
“If Hillary is elected, the world will be terrorized,” said Weibo user “MinkLaw”.
“Bright Future 42” said that “liars get along better than madmen, so the likelihood of catastrophic events in the world will be lower”.
Many posts sounded similar to US social media in their sarcastic tone as well as their policy concerns — whether correct or incorrect. Like social media in the US, many posts were driven by a sense of the candidate’s personal history.
“I don’t like Hillary because of her political scandal, but she is peaceful and will not put the US on the offensive,” said “Squid01”.
Most Chinese netizens seemed cynical, as one put it: “One is a scoundrel, the other is a hypocrite”.
I think there will be a good future for trade with China.” “Plum Wood L”, Weibo user