Did President Donald Trump simply go full Reagan?
He already copied Reagan’s marketing campaign slogan (MAGA) and it now appears he is making an attempt to look powerful on communism — roughly 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Trump administration declared Tuesday–the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which in the end spawned the Soviet Union–as National Day for the Victims of Communism.
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“Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation,” the White House mentioned in an announcement. “Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism.”
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah instructed Newsweek this announcement doesn’t imply the National Day for the Victims of Communism will likely be acknowledged “every year,” however is particularly to mark the 100th anniversary of “[Vladimir] Lenin seizing the Winter Palace in Russia.” Shah additionally famous there’s already a Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C. and President George W. Bush attended and spoke at its dedication in 2007.
This will not be the primary time Trump has decried communism. “From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure,” Trump mentioned throughout his first tackle to the United Nations in September. “Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.”
Not lengthy after, Trump mentioned, “Communism is the past. Freedom is the future,” whereas delivering remarks for a Hispanic Heritage Month occasion on the White House. In this sense, it isn’t totally shocking to see Trump declare a day of nationwide remembrance for victims of communism.
But is Trump being a hypocrite?
Tuesday’s announcement comes only a day earlier than Trump is about to go to China, which has been a communist nation since 1949. Some would possibly say there’s an inherent contradiction between the White House condemning communism and Trump’s heat disposition towards China’s chief. “He’s a powerful man. I happen to think he’s a very good person,” Trump not too long ago mentioned of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Xi, who not too long ago had his title and political philosophy enshrined in China’s Communist Party structure, is described by many as a ruthless authoritarian and has been accused of quite a few human rights violations.
When requested if the White House’s most up-to-date badertion on the Bolshevik Revolution and condemnation of communism would possibly make Trump’s go to with Xi extra awkward, Shah instructed Newsweek it was “well-timed to indicate our commitment to human rights and freedom.”
Xi Jinping has led China since 2012 and not too long ago had a second five-year time period confirmed. Getty Images
Roughly 100 million deaths throughout the 20th century have been attributed to communism and the Soviet Union’s makes an attempt to unfold it throughout the globe, because the White House badertion famous. Comparatively, the United States is accountable for over 20 million deaths worldwide for the reason that finish of World War II, based on an evaluation from the Centre for Research on Globalization.
As Trump mentioned in February in protection of Russian President Vladimir Putin (a former KGB agent), “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?”