President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted his congratulations to China on 70 years of Communist Party rule.
“Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!” Trump tweeted on the same day a pro-democracy protester was shot and at least 180 were arrested as violent clashes rocked Hong Kong streets Tuesday.
Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
The National Review notes:
Seventy years ago today, Mao Zedong declared the People’s Republic of China after his Communist forces had conquered most of the mainland. A decade later, Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed perhaps 45 million people. The Communist regime still denies its people freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and has imposed a policy of forced abortion. At the present moment, China has detained something like 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Its crackdown on Hong Kong escalated this week, when a protester was shot in the chest.
While Trump celebrated China’s repressive Chinese Community Party, several GOP Senators publicly broke with Trump to condemn the regime.
“Seventy years ago, the Chinese Community Party seized power from the Chinese people,” Missouri senator Josh Hawley said. “Since then, its ruthless rule has resulted in the deaths of millions of its own citizens.”
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton: “To see the price of the PRC’s anniversary celebration, look no further than what’s happening in Hong Kong: a ceaseless war against those who wish to live in freedom. From the Great Leap Forward to the Cultural Revolution to the camps in Xinjiang today, it has been a ghoulish 70 years of Chinese Communist Party control.”
“Today Chinese tyrants celebrated 70 years of communist oppression with their typically brutal symbolism: by sending a police officer to shoot a pro-democracy protester at point-blank range,” said Nebraska senator Ben Sasse. “The freedom-seekers in Hong Kong mourn this anniversary, and the American people stand with them against those who deny their God-given dignity.”
Politico’s Ben White tweeted: “Have other presidents congratulated the birth of the Communist Party regime in China?”
Have other presidents congratulated the birth of the Communist Party regime in China? https://t.co/MxCMsTRCLY
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) October 1, 2019
National Review’s Jay Nordlinger tweeted: “Disgusting. Stomach-turning. The Communist dictatorship in China is one of the most illiberal regimes of our time: murderous, enslaving, lawless — endlessly cruel. It stamps its boot on the face of the individual. It is the antithesis of everything that America stands for.”
Disgusting. Stomach-turning. The Communist dictatorship in China is one of the most illiberal regimes of our time: murderous, enslaving, lawless — endlessly cruel. It stamps its boot on the face of the individual. It is the antithesis of everything that America stands for. https://t.co/BA1jXf0qEK
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) October 1, 2019
As Beijing celebrated 70 years of China's Communist rule on Tuesday, Hong Kong saw some of the most violent and widespread protests since demonstrations began in June. From peaceful marches to a protester being shot by police today, here's how we got here. https://t.co/edBmKFnfsb pic.twitter.com/8XddE5imCg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 1, 2019