To our readers:

Since 1996, your generosity and commitment have made it possible to offer The Patriot Post without a subscription fee to military personnel, students, and those with limited means. Please support the 2020 Year-End Campaign today.

Ken Blackwell / Jun. 13, 2020

We're Not Buying Joe Biden's 'Tough on China' Act

Joe Biden is running away from his record as the "pro-China" candidate so quickly that his defenders in the liberal press can't make heads or tails of it. Ordinary Americans are equally confused.

Joe Biden is running away from his record as the “pro-China” candidate so quickly that his defenders in the liberal press can’t make heads or tails of it. Ordinary Americans are equally confused.

Biden spent over three decades opening American markets to Chinese goods, ignoring China’s abhorrent human-rights record, and dismissing the challenge posed by our greatest rival for global leadership. The “made in China” era coincided with the closure of tens of thousands of American factories, stagnant working-class wages, and the loss of America’s ability to produce essential goods domestically — a vulnerability that took on incredible significance when we learned that we were dependent upon China to produce the medical equipment needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

This disaster was facilitated by politicians of both parties, and no one was more gung ho than Joe Biden, poster child for the globalism that reigned supreme until the 2016 presidential election, which Donald J. Trump won by campaigning on a platform diametrically opposed to the “open markets and open borders” philosophy of the DC establishment. In the White House, President Trump became the first American leader in decades to take a firm stand against China’s malfeasance and demand a genuinely fair and reciprocal trade deal for American workers.

While Joe Biden was the vice president of the United States, conversely, he was downplaying the consequences of China’s rise — even as his own family tried to get rich through deals with Chinese state-owned companies.

How is it possible, then, that Biden has suddenly tried to recast himself as the “tough on China” candidate in the 2020 race?

Biden’s campaign even ran an ad claiming the president “rolled over for the Chinese” in response to the coronavirus that Beijing unleashed on the world. It’s one of the most poorly executed flip-flops in American electoral history, coming just months after Biden called President Trump’s life-saving ban on most travel from China “hysterical xenophobia.”

Literally no one is buying it. Everyone knows about President Trump’s record of success in bringing China to the negotiating table through strategic counter-tariffs. The “Phase One” trade deal that was inked earlier this year represents the first major trade concessions from China in a generation. Even the fanatical free traders who actually liked Biden’s globalism see right through his new facade. The libertarians at the Cato Institute, for instance, published an article acknowledging that Biden’s reversal is “futile” and “inherently lacks credibility.”

Even the intellectual left is aghast at Biden’s fake toughness on China. The Atlantic called it “utterly futile” and “pointless — even dangerous.” The New York Times published an op-ed all but begging Biden to drop the act.

If even his own supporters are rolling their eyes at Biden playacting as a China skeptic, why are he and his team even bothering to attempt the deception?

The answer is simple. Americans have finally woken up to the economic and national-security threat posed by China. The coronavirus pandemic made that threat impossible to ignore. No one wants to go into this November as the “pro-Beijing” candidate.

Unfortunately for Joe Biden, he’s been the “pro-Beijing” candidate throughout his political career, and there’s a decades-long record to prove it.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2020 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.