- Chinese internet users suspect Robert Trump has died of Covid-19.
- Remembering that Robert was already 71, the internet users consider it a “happy loss” for the Trumps, since at least he didn’t die young.
- Inappropriate as these posts are, they well reflect the real opinions of many Chinese citizens towards Trump.
Robert Trump, the younger brother of the president of the United States, passed away on August 15. Normally this is the kind of tragic news for which even one’s nemesis would’ve felt sorry, whereas in China, it has become the ground of conspiracies and too-soon jokes. Apparently, Donald Trump’s recent firm stand on Chinese companies like TikTok and Wechat has made him once again the ultimate villain for many Chinese internet users.
One thread on Zhihu that asks about people’s opinions on the death of Robert soon receives more than 1,000 replies.
In the most voted reply, the poster mentioned that the eldest son of Biden died at 46. Remembering that Robert was already 71, the internet users consider it a “happy loss” for the Trumps, since at least he didn’t die young. Also, they mock that there is no need for the President to grieve, stating that they will soon meet each other again considering Trump’s attitude towards the Covid pandemic.
Some are also questioning if the president is using his brother’s death to manipulate people’s focus. When covering the news, major media dedicates half the content talking about how Robert supported Donald unconditionally, the other half describing how his niece, Mary Trump, is a shame of the family trying to sabotage Donald’s fame. On Zhihu, many think that Donald is squeezing the last value of his lost brother to help him out of the mess he’s in right now.
Following is the translation of another most voted replies on this thread.
Harris: Wake up! Wake up! Mr. Biden, Trump is dead!
Biden: What? Trump is dead? Is it for real?
Harris: For real! He died in a hospital in NY.
Biden: Fantastic! Does that mean we are going to compete against Pence that old piece of liar?
Harris: Oh Mr. Biden, it was Robert Trump, not Donald Trump. Sorry, the Grim Reaper took away the wrong guy…
Biden: Damn it! So close! Did he die of the Covid?
Harris: Not clear yet. It’s classified.
Biden: Classified…Classified…Thank God that’s great! Send out rumors that he did die of it.
Harris: Sure. I’ll leave a note to CNN.
Biden: Great. Don’t forget FOX too. The more, the better.
Harris: Done. What if Donald Trump says it’s all fake news?
Biden: I’m waiting for that.
Harris: You’re not afraid if he does that?
Biden: He’s a certified liar. When do you ever believe in a liar?
Harris: That’s genius! If he stays silent, people will just assume he’s admitted it. While if he stands out to refute the rumor, he is just pushing people to believe that it’s true, too! Mr. Biden, you’re such a genius! About time for our country to have a wise president!
Inappropriate as these posts are, they well reflect the real opinions of many Chinese citizens towards Trump: they don’t care for him.