Trump’s Hawkish Rhetoric on China Masks Utter Ignorance

No one would deny that Donald Trump has harnessed an acute sense of apprehension among voters. “Nothing works. Our country doesn’t work. Everybody wins except us,” said Trump on Thursday, invoking his typical pitch to the disaffected. For the multitudes that count themselves among this halting economic recovery’s losers, it is effective. History is replete with towering figures that would channel a public’s frustrations outward and toward foreign capitals, and Trump appears determined to join their ignominious ranks. The style of aggrieved nationalism Trump pushes is a familiar sort. When he’s not accusing Mexico City of out-maneuvering Washington and foisting their criminal population upon the United States, he is claiming that Beijing is running rings around this administration. Trump has positioned himself as the GOP’s leading hawk when it comes to Sino-American relations. When pressed on how he might specifically address true provocation from Beijing, however, the Republican Party’s leading presidential candidate was characteristically stumped.

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Trump’s Hawkish Rhetoric on China Masks Utter Ignorance

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