Amid yesterday’s violence on Capitol Hill, the heavily regulated Chinese internet appears to have erupted in laughter at Wednesday’s scenes of mayhem in Washington.
Communist leaders in Beijing went so far as to ridicule President Trump by comparing what happened in the heart of our nation’s capital to their ruthless crackdown against the Chinese democracy movement in Hong Kong.
On Thursday morning, state media tabloid Global Times tweeted side-by-side photo comparisons of Hong Kong protesters occupying the city’s Legislative Council Complex in July 2019 with Wednesday’s Washington riots.
The latter saw hardcore Trump fans invade the US Capitol to protest the election defeat, taking selfies, scuffling with security and ransacking parts of the building.
“@SpeakerPelosi once referred to the Hong Kong riots as ‘a beautiful sight to behold’,” the Global Times said in the tweet, referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s June 2019 comment about Hong Kong’s mass pro-democracy demonstrations, which at that time were mostly peaceful.
“It remains yet to be seen whether she will say the same about the recent developments in Capitol Hill.”
China’s Communist Youth League described the destruction as a “beautiful sight.”