Words like ‘Karma’, ‘retribution’ and ‘deserving’ were frequently mentioned in Chinese netizens’ comments when they saw the latest episode of the US’s real version of House of Cards — which saw Trump supporters storming the Capitol, messing up House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, clashing with police officers and looting items. The pictures went viral in US, Chinese and international news outlets after the riots began Thursday morning.
Chinese web users still remember the distress and anger they felt when they saw rioters in Hong Kong storming the Legislative Council Complex, scrawling graffiti, smashing and robbing items, and, instead of condemning the violence, US politicians hailed the ‘courage’ of these mobs, Western media praised the ‘restraint’ of the rioters, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even called it a ‘beautiful sight’.
Now, this ‘beautiful sight’ is taking place in the US. A Chinese netizen commented: “Pelosi can enjoy the beautiful sight – even at her office desk! For such a long time, US politicians called rioters ‘freedom fighters’ in other countries. Now, they finally have retribution!”
“It was like watching a thrilling action movie!” That was how Chinese netizens described the scenes early Thursday morning.
When a similar scenario happened in Hong Kong’s LegCo in 2019, some US politicians like Pelosi praised rioters in the city as fighters for freedom. This has inspired some talented netizens to come up with a slogan for US mobs to continue their protests. “Five demands, not one less. Liberate the US, the revolution of our times,” they said, intimating five demands and slogans made by HK rioters to pressure the HK government.
The five demands include recognizing the Democratic Party cheated in the presidential election and denying that Biden is the new President; revoking the definition of “violence”; revoking the charges against the protesters; establishing a commission to investigate police violence and holding a second presidential election to ensure justice and fairness.
A photo of protesters seemingly holding Pelosi’s office chair has also gone viral on Sina Weibo, prompting netizens to joke that there’s still a smell of “flattery” left on the chair which Pelosi would call “a beautiful sight”.
As of press time, the topics “Trump said he would never concede” and “Trump supporters storm Capitol” were in the “mostly searched and seen” list on China’s Twitter-like platform, Sina Weibo.
Many Chinese netizens “confessed” in their comments that they saw the “chaos in the US” as revenge. After inciting so much chaos around the world under the pretext of “freedom and democracy,” the US finally tasted the ‘karma’ of its double standards.
“This is the first political coup to happen in the American continent without the involvement of US embassies,” mocked one netizen.
Many Chinese netizens found it hilarious that US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account had been suspended for 12 hours.
Mohamad Safa, a Lebanese diplomat and also Permanent Representative to the United Nations, made his comment on the incident on Twitter, saying that “If the United States saw what the United States is doing in the United States, the United States would invade the United States to liberate the United States from the tyranny of the United States.”
His tweet has received more than 41.8K “like” as of press time on Thursday.
Different from its previous active attitudes toward similar incidents in other places across the world, the US Embassy in China’s Sina Weibo account has kept silent for what was happening in the US.
But Chinese netizens seem to “give no mercy” to unveil the Embassy’s double standards and hypocrisy – they swarmed into the Embassy’s account as early as 7am, asking “Why don’t you come to work on time? We are all here waiting for you to talk tall of US democracy and values.”
“For a long time, US politicians criticized China for its efforts in cleaning up online rumors and disinformation and defamed us for ‘hurting freedom of speech.’ What are you doing right now? President Trump enjoys his right to freedom!” a netizen commented.
Chinese netizens also put pictures online of what is happening in the US and China at the same time – while pro-Trump rioters are climbing the walls of the Capitol, Chinese workers wearing protection suits in Dalian of Liaoning Province are pushing a trailer carrying daily supplies to fight COVID-19. “A sharp contrast! While Chinese are busy saving lives, the US is showing the world how it is collapsing!” a netizen commented.