During his speech announcing a national emergency declaration Friday, President Donald Trump appeared to affect a fake Chinese accent to imitate China's President Xi Jinping — and Twitter users were immediately outraged at how racist it was.
When discussing illegal drug use in the United States, Trump brought up an anecdote in which he claimed President Xi told him China executes drug dealers.
"Their criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called the death penalty," the American president said. "Our criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called, 'how about a fine.'"
"When I asked President Xi — I said, 'Do you have a drug problem?' No, no, no," Trump continued.
Noting that China has 1.4 billion people, Trump said he asked why the country doesn't have a "drug problem."
"I said, 'Why?'" Trump recounted. "'Death penalty. We give death penalty to people that sell drugs. End of problem.'"
Here's the moment when President Trump affected a fake "Chinese" accent to imitate China's President Xi Jinping.… https://t.co/syDqMyveQU— BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER (@BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER)1550247047.0
Many on Twitter said they were troubled by the president appearing to imitate the accent of a foreign leader.
"That fakey Chinese accent was racist [as f*ck]," Dr. Esther Choo, a popular science commentator, tweeted.
That fakey Chinese accent was racist AF— Esther Choo MD MPH (@Esther Choo MD MPH)1550246104.0
"Is Trump recommending the death penalty?" another user wrote. "And is he mimicking an Asian accent?"
Is Trump recommending the death penalty? And is he mimicking an Asian accent? #wtf— Matt Carter 🐻 (@Matt Carter 🐻)1550246147.0
Check out the best responses to Trump imitating the Chinese president below.
Wait, did Donald Trump just affect a Chinese accent? He is still the racist jazzman. Pure improv. #RacistJazzman— Arun Chaudhary (@Arun Chaudhary)1550246134.0
Yep, Trump just used a Chinese accent while quoting Xi. That just happened.— Adam Zahn (@Adam Zahn)1550246076.0
Did #Trump just do fake Chinese accent to quote President Xi about the death penalty for drugs in China? WTF?!!!— Richard Potter (@Richard Potter)1550246268.0
Watching this national emergency bullshit and I’m ready to get the slicey bois. This assface has mocked the Preside… https://t.co/VheMd0qBZG— Kristen (@Kristen)1550246565.0
Was that meant to be a Chinese accent? Is Trump recommending the death penalty for drug-related crimes? So many q… https://t.co/mfurRbWUFb— Newsquawk (@Newsquawk)1550246103.0
Trump just seemed to try and do President Xi's accent.— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer)1550246077.0
Trump isn't racist? How about that racist Chinese accent? This is more than sickening. He is INSANE!— Em Carlson (@Em Carlson)1550248170.0