China would overtake the United States as the global superpower and force every American to learn to speak Chinese if Joe Biden wins the election, President Trump bizarrely claimed on Tuesday.
“China will own the United States if this election is lost by Donald Trump,” Trump said during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
“If I don’t win the election, China will own the United States,” Trump said.
“You’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese, you want to know the truth,” he added, referring to the official language of China, which is Mandarin.
Donald Trump: “If I don't win the election, China is going to own the United States. You're gonna have to learn to speak Chinese.”
Maybe Ivanka's daughter can teach him.pic.twitter.com/KDrzT5RBRr
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) August 11, 2020
Trump was asked about a recent intelligence report that concluded China would prefer that Biden win the November presidential election.
“They’ll own the United State if he wins, and with me, they were having the worst year in 67 years because I tariffed the hell out of them,” Trump said, taking credit for the damage to China’s economy caused by the coronavirus.
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu blasted Trump’s remarks, tweeting: “Dear Donald Trump: I speak Chinese. I also served on active duty in the United States military—something you were too afraid to do—to defend your right to say stupid shit.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 11, 2020
Many were quick to point out that Trump’s own granddaughters were taught to speak Mandarin.
Like his grandaughter? https://t.co/arS8hX5mHr
— Suzanne Moran (@suzannem) August 11, 2020
Others noted that Mandarin is currently taught in colleges all over the country:
They already are learning Mandarin in colleges all over the country. God help us.
— Jiminy Cricket (@bigbluecricket) August 11, 2020
— Moch Hahn (@Thestachelife) August 11, 2020
I'm still trying to learn Russian, just in case Trump wins a second term.
— Donald Kitchen (@donkitchen2) August 11, 2020