September 17, 2015

“Little sister Hillary is running for president and her opponent is little brother Bush. I want to know why a democratic election always selects from two families.”

Atlantic “Comrade Trump, your application for the Communist Party membership has been approved!” one Chinese blogger wrote. by Zheping Huang and Heather Timmons

'Outside of the U.S., and particularly in China, the Republican party’s tangle of candidates can loosely be classified in three groups: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and everyone else. The last Republican debates were translated and broadcast in China, and Chinese netizens mostly found the candidates wanting. (They also overwhelmingly don’t like Hillary Clinton.)

'“Just looking at these faces, I feel Hillary being the next president is already certain. These old men look so terrible. Why can’t the Republicans find someone young and handsome?” one Chinese blogger wrote below a photo of the last debate, which featured Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. (Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina was added this time around.)

'Just as in the U.S., Trump is commanding the lion’s share of attention among Republican candidates in China. As a “new master of politics of rage,” Trump has “unscrupulously” revealed the problems of American democracy, argues The Global Times, the state-run nationalist tabloid. A September 8 op-ed in the newspaper asked, “How far can ‘Trump for president’ mania go?”'

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