- - Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Americans were promised a lie that electing Joe Biden would bring “normalcy” back and restore America’s standing on the world’s stage. What’s happening instead is something Democrats falsely claimed was happening under President Trump — Joe Biden and his administration are not being taken seriously by America’s top geopolitical adversaries.

For months, President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and congressional Democrats have made it a top priority to tear down America. Sadly, a central tenet of the new radical left’s platform is to ignore American exceptionalism while teaching our children that the greatest country in the history of the world is actually rooted in evil.

Over and over again, Democratic politicians are rewarded by the biased mainstream media for attacking our Founders and core values. While this rhetoric may appeal to the anti-American socialists who compose a significant portion of their base, they aren’t the only ones paying attention to the divisive and intellectually dishonest comments. As demonstrated by last week’s disastrous summit with Communist China, this growing body of “America is inherently evil, racist, misogynist” pseudo-sociology has undermined the United States’ standing as leader of the free world.  

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met in Alaska last week with their Chinese counterparts. What was scheduled to be a standard four-minute photo-op soon devolved into an hour-long exchange where the Chinese Communists humiliated Mr. Biden’s foreign policy team on U.S. soil for the world to see.

Mr. Blinken opened by addressing “our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber-attacks on the United States, and economic coercion toward our allies.” 

Senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi responded with oft-used American left-wing talking points, questioning “United States-style democracy” and accusing the U.S. of “invading” and otherwise dismantling “regimes through various means.” Mr. Yang also stated, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement, that there are “many problems within the United States regarding human rights.” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi continued, saying that China “will not accept the unwarranted accusations from the U.S. side,” and that Messrs. Blinken, Sullivan and Biden’s handling of the summit “only reflects the vulnerability and weakness inside the United States.”

After the Chinese delegation stated that the U.S. “does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength,” a clearly-intimidated Mr. Blinken could only respond with the poll-tested Biden campaign slogan of “America is back.” As criticism mounted after the embarrassing exchange, Mr. Biden emerged from the basement to say he was “proud of the Secretary of State.” Proud of what, no one’s exactly sure.  

The truth is that Beijing is openly taking advantage of the anti-American critical race theory and cancel culture that is poisoning our politics, schools and mainstream media. By using the very rhetoric that has been championed by Democrats over the past few years, China is angling to somehow conflate the riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death with ethnic genocide of the Uighurs. Let’s be clear: There is absolutely no equivalence between these two issues, but why would China start telling the truth now?

In the wake of the mass shooting in Georgia, CNN wasted no time trying to pin the blame on Mr. Trump by tying his successful policies in dealing with China to anti-Asian racism. One of their inflammatory chyrons this weekend read “Some Blame Trump’s Anti-China Rhetoric For Rise In Hate Crimes.”

As those in the liberal media rush to claim — without evidence — that Mr. Trump’s “tough on China” stance is responsible for anti-Asian sentiment in America, Beijing is cheering. The anti-Trump modus operandi in this debate is if one is “tough” on China, then anti-Asian sentiment will grow so, they conclude, it’s wrong to be tough on China. That’s exactly what Beijing wants and what it exploited in last week’s summit.

As Mr. Biden took office, the conflicts of interest surrounding his son Hunter’s shady business dealings in China were already fueling concerns about how the new president would deal with the ever-growing threat posed by Beijing. Now, as the left’s own rhetoric is being used by the Chinese Communists against us, it’s clear that the Biden administration is in a position of self-inflicted weakness before the real fight has even begun. Unfortunately, this concern isn’t limited to just U.S.-China relations.

After Mr. Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he thought Vladimir Putin was a “killer,” Mr. Putin responded by effectively saying “it takes one to know one,” and then recalled Russia’s ambassador back to Moscow. Mr. Biden probably guessed that bashing Mr. Putin (to perpetuate the fake Trump-Russia narrative) would earn him some points with the liberal media. What he forgot was that these ostensibly flippant remarks have real-world implications. This propensity for unforced errors and reliance on political talking points raises serious questions about Mr. Biden’s core competence when it comes to international relations. 

Look no further than North Korea. Less than three years after Mr. Trump secured historic talks with Kim Jong-un, the regime now refuses to talk to anyone from the Biden administration. The regime’s first vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, stated that members of Mr. Biden’s team have tried to contact North Korea multiple times and have each time been rebuffed. Mr. Choe stated that North Korea “will disregard such an attempt of the U.S. in the future too.”

During his term in office, Mr. Trump expanded and modernized our military and spoke to world leaders from a position of American strength. The world, in response, listened — NATO contributions increased, North Korea sat at the negotiating table and the Phase One China Deal protected U.S. companies and workers.

If Mr. Biden hopes to preserve America’s role in the global community, he must refrain from capitulating to his radical, anti-American base, avoid falling into the mainstream media’s trap of what can and cannot be criticized and, most importantly, continue with Mr. Trump’s America First policy of holding authoritarian regimes accountable with a peace through strength doctrine.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

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