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Trump faces backlash after calling Tiananmen Square protest a 'riot'

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 10:21 AM
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The Republican appeared to belittle the 1989 tragedy as he defended previous comments about China’s ‘show of strength’


Donald Trump faced a backlash after he described the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests as a “riot” amid accusations he had once endorsed the Chinese government’s infamous crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.

Forced on to the defensive in the Republican debate in Miami on Thursday, Trump said he had never endorsed the Beijing regime’s violent response which claimed the lives of hundreds or possibly even thousands by some estimates.

In 1990, Trump told Playboy magazine: “The Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.”

However, he appeared to dismiss the scale of the tragedy in the debate when he called protests a “riot”, sparking a storm of criticism on social media.

The interview recently resurfaced on the campaign trail, in which Trump’s controversial statements, past and present, have not prevented him holding a lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

On Thursday night, asked about his view of the Chinese government, Trump said: “That doesn’t mean I was endorsing that. I said that was a strong, powerful government. They kept down the riot, it was a horrible thing.”

Trump has made China a repeated target of his campaign rhetoric, mostly over what he alleges to be its unfair trade practices.

Trump was also questioned about his admiring statements about Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. He has also expressed belief in the benefits to the US of having Middle Eastern “strong men” in power, such as Bashar al-Assad, Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

On the subject of China and Tiananmen Square, Ohio governor John Kasich gave a more morally clear response.

“I think that the Chinese government butchered those kids,” he said, “and when that young man stood in front of that tank, we ought to build a statue of him over here.”

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MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Trump, Trump he's our man.

If he can lie, nobody can.

CrazyAuntie
by Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM
Considering how The Donald feels about American soldiers who were POWs is it a stretch to say what he has? Trump truly is the Teflon Don because he has not had any consequences for the things he has said, unless you count the support of the haters a consequence. This country may need something but The Donald ain't it.
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 11, 2016 at 12:53 PM
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It's certainly interesting to see people flock to this man given the fact that he represents the exact opposite of what they claim they wanted in a President.  He has no military service, he has no record supporting our trooops.  His moral/christian conservative values don't seem to align with anything they claim to want.  (multiple divorces, cheating, vulgar) and he lacks any finesse when it comes to diplomatic diplomacy and he is further fracturing the nation.  

It's why all their cries against Obama ring so hollow today.  

Quoting CrazyAuntie: Considering how The Donald feels about American soldiers who were POWs is it a stretch to say what he has? Trump truly is the Teflon Don because he has not had any consequences for the things he has said, unless you count the support of the haters a consequence. This country may need something but The Donald ain't it.


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