Politics

The Secret Behind Donald Trump's 'China' Obsession

August 28th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Say what you will about Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate is at least consistent. At campaign events across the country, he sticks to the talking points that he ostensibly knows best, repeating the same statements about China and illegal immigration, along with his "great ideas" about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border over, and over again.

It is an effective political strategy, to be sure. I mean, in spite of all the controversies he's invited in recent months, he is still topping the latest polls, with the candidate showing a 16 percent lead over his closest rival, Dr. Ben Carson, who currently has 12 percent of the GOP vote, according to CNN.

For Trump supporters, the constant use of the certain phrases and ideas has proven successful. People believe that they know where he stands—even if it is only on a limited selection of issues—and even if they don't necessarily know what he plans to do about the issues he has taken a strong stance on. But for people (mostly Democrats) who see Trump as a outlying fad and entertainer, the candidate's recurring references to, say, China have reached a point of absurdity.

That makes him an easy target for media organizations such as the Huffington Post, which still categorizes Trump content under its Entertainment section, as opposed to Politics. In a video released on Friday, Trump is seen saying what he's been saying all along—the same thing, that is, 243 times: "China."

Trump's China Policy

Trump on China: "CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA, CHINA CHINA, CHINA..."

Posted by The Huffington Post on Friday, August 28, 2015


As far as his China policy is concerned, Trump has expressed frustration over allegations that the country has stolen American jobs, manipulated currency, and conducted espionage against the U.S. But for all intents and purposes, Trump is currently one of the most liberal candidates in the GOP field; he might maintain an expressly conservative ideology when it comes to immigration, for example, but don't be fooled, a quick glance at his political history reveals much more than anything he says from the soapbox.

"This country is in big trouble. We don't win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody," Trump said. And this is a consistent position that the businessman has held. But on other issues such as healthcare, abortion, and guns, the candidate has taken moderate, even liberal, positions in the past, raising the question: What is the point of all of this repetition?

 

Depression- be careful of China!

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

"You have to prove your statements, and [Trump] seems to be making a lot of statements," Jan D'Arcy, an executive speech coach, told ATTN:. "The good thing is that politicians are out there and they’re trying to get people with varying degrees of knowledge, and they’re going to get some people in without the statistics and just say 'China, China, China,' enough times and 'immigrants, immigrants coming over the wall,' et cetera."

The choice is up the voters, D'Arcy explains.

"Some people make decisions and they don’t look for facts. It’s an emotional decision. And [Trump] is getting a lot of people on emotional decisions. Repetition can be good, it can be useful, but if you don’t supply the evidence to go with the repetition, to me it falls flat."

As ATTN: has previously reported, Trump has proven himself to be a master of rhetorical manipulation, and this is yet another example of how that is working for him.