‘COVID-19 Finally Strikes the Right Target’

China’s state-controlled internet lights up in celebration over Trump’s illness
October 3, 2020 Updated: October 4, 2020

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It was reported late on Oct. 1 that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the CCP virus (novel coronavirus) and that they were experiencing “mild symptoms.” And on Oct. 2, we learned that he was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center out of an “abundance of caution.”

Along with tens of millions of Americans, my family and I have prayed for the president and the first lady, along with any White House staffers who may be ill, that they may quickly return to good health.

Those suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome” saw this not as an occasion to send light, however, but to give voice to dark thoughts.

In communist China, they’re practically dancing in the streets.

Upon learning that Trump had tested positive for the virus, Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state-run tabloid Global Times, implied that Trump had it coming.

President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19,” Hu wrote on Twitter.

“The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his re-election.”

Hu, a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), thought better of his little victory dance a short time later and took down his tweet. But the anti-Trump vitriol has continued on social media.

Hundreds of thousands of CCP members, says human rights activist Jennifer Zeng, clicked “like” on posts openly celebrating news that America’s First Family had come down with the virus.

Nearly 2 million people liked “The whole world is celebrating!”

Hundreds of thousands more liked tweets reading “So happy,” “It’s late but it’s here,” and “Celebrating Autumn Harvest Festival, National Day, and Trump: Triple Happiness.”

And then there is the most revealing tweet of all: “COVID-19 finally hit the right target.”

When one Beijing resident was interviewed on live television, she could hardly contain herself.

“The entire country is celebrating [Trump’s illness],” she exulted. “All of the heavens and the earth rejoice together. Very, very good. This is a gift and contribution from Trump to China.”

Those standing nearby were laughing and nodding in agreement.

Bear in mind that the Chinese media is under tight state control. This disgusting interview would never have been broadcast on state-run television, and the earlier posts would never have gotten past social media censors unless their messages were approved by communist authorities.

Party members, like Pavlov’s dogs, are trained to salivate on the command of their communist masters. They quickly respond to such dog whistles and are only too happy to start yapping in unison. But even ordinary people in China seem to be reveling in the news about Trump, although perhaps for a different reason.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the CCP has spread the rumor that the coronavirus was a bioweapon developed by U.S. Army labs in Fort Detrick, Maryland. As the story goes, it was deliberately brought to China during the October 2019 Military Games in Wuhan and released upon the Chinese people. It’s not the “China virus” at all, they have been told, it’s the “American virus.”

This calumny may explain another video out of China. It shows a bus full of passengers cheering when they learn that Trump has fallen ill. In the video, the bus driver first shouts: “Let me tell you some exciting and encouraging news. The [expletive] Trump has finally got [expletive] COVID-19!” Upon hearing this, the passengers erupt in cheers and applause.

Watching the video reminded me of an earlier anti-American episode. When 9/11 happened, Chinese social media exploded with mocking memes of the collapse of the Twin Towers. Most Americans were too distracted to notice.

The celebrations of the CCP leaders whose virus has taken down Trump, however, may be short-lived.

At 74, Trump may be in the highest-risk group, but he’s otherwise in excellent health. Not only that, but at Walter Reed he will have the best medical care in the world. Odds are he’s going to suffer a mild bout of the flu and recover quickly. The White House physician has said he expects Trump to continue carrying out his duties without disruption.

But as Trump works in quarantine, he’ll have plenty of time to reflect on whether a Chinese-style shutdown, stoked by CCP propaganda and World Health Organization misinformation, was really the way for America to go.

He’ll also be constantly reminded, by his own medical condition, of where the CCP virus came from and how it was unleashed upon the world. And, being Trump the counterpuncher, he’ll be reflecting on how to punish the CCP for unleashing a pandemic upon America and the world.

You see, now it’s personal.

Steven W. Mosher is the president of the Population Research Institute and the author of “Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order.”

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.