When a foreign dignitary arrives in a city it’s a natural urge for the local government to want to make them feel welcome. After all, hospitality has long been a hallmark of Americans, an open willingness to invite friends in and make them feel at home. But how far is too far in trying to make someone feel ‘right at home’? We’d say this scene from San Francisco’s welcoming of Chinese President Xi Jinping may have pushed at least several miles beyond the ‘too far’ line
California, China 🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/fq4bGi1NYN
— Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) November 15, 2023
That’s… that’s something. Honestly it looks more like scene from an occupation than it does a nice warm welcome, right? We’re not the ones who noticed this, clearly.
For anyone that has watched “The Man in the High Castle”, this hits hard but not in a good way.
— Governor Dill (@TheGreenOldDill) November 15, 2023
Just saying… pic.twitter.com/Cp7FZJ1dwQ
— Progressing California (@ProgressingCali) November 15, 2023
Welcome to San Franshitshow emperor Xi
— Jay VanOrman -Transition to Greatness- (@JayVanOrman) November 16, 2023
There’s a deeply eerie quality to it, almost like a vignette shown before a movie about the conquest of America. Of course it should be no surprise that California Governor Gavin Newsom is more interested in showing a warm and enthusiastic welcome to President Xi, since he only could be bothered to bestir himself to clean up the city once he knew Xi was coming. It seems that Newsom is staking out a claim as representative for an America Last ideal these days, given his statements and these images.
No better zeitgeist than an authoritarian Commie Governor rolling out the red carpet for an authoritarian Commie head of state whose country evolved and released a virus that costs the world millions of lives and trillions of dollars. https://t.co/037euDDSpP
— The Drunk Republican (@DrunkRepub) November 15, 2023
Why serve Xi but not their own voters? Because the elite want something from Xi, their voters are just in the way. https://t.co/3u60zJ47ye
— Peter St Onge, Ph.D. (@profstonge) November 15, 2023
The red carpet we’ve rolled out for Xi in San Francisco is a jarring symbol of submission.
The promise of access to the Chinese market has an intoxicating effect on our business leaders. With each fancy CCP dinner, they relinquish more control over our country’s future. https://t.co/yTSn8XbTD0
— Jake Denton (@RealJDenton) November 15, 2023
Of course some people were quick to point out that buried in the crowd was one person holding an American flag… surely a sign of the patriotism of the crowd, right?
I see one , where’s the community notes ? pic.twitter.com/P9vO5KQP6r
— Papi Snow ❄️ (@FinallyZay) November 16, 2023
Good job, champ, you found Waldo.
Many have said over the years that America made a devil’s bargain by opening up trade with China; we believed that the interaction with western markets would make China turn more and more like us, but time has borne out that we have instead become more and more like China. It’s hard to find an argument that makes that a good thing.
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