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.
"We give death penalty to people that sell drugs," Trump said, imitating Xi. "End of story." pic.twitter.com/GzAPqsNL8u
— نور (@nooralsibai) February 15, 2019
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
“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 (@thematttcarter) February 15, 2019
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 (@ArunChaud) February 15, 2019
Trump mocked accent / voice of Chinese leader. He might as well have said, “no ticky- no laundry”
— BE LESS STUPID (@hotchkiss_jon) February 15, 2019
Yep, Trump just used a Chinese accent while quoting Xi. That just happened.
— Adam Zahn (@ajzahn510) February 15, 2019
Did #Trump just do fake Chinese accent to quote President Xi about the death penalty for drugs in China? WTF?!!!
— Richard Potter (@RichardPotter) February 15, 2019
oh fun, he's doing racist accents now behind the presidential seal. this is the republican party.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 15, 2019
Watching this national emergency bullshit and I’m ready to get the slicey bois. This assface has mocked the President of China’s accent and proposed the death penalty for drug offenses. Donald Duerte Trump, folks.
— Kristen (@cherrychernobyl) February 15, 2019
Was that meant to be a Chinese accent?
Is Trump recommending the death penalty for drug-related crimes?
So many questions from this presser
— RANsquawk (@RANsquawk) February 15, 2019
Trump just seemed to try and do President Xi's accent.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) February 15, 2019
Trump isn't racist? How about that racist Chinese accent? This is more than sickening. He is INSANE!
— Em Carlson (@tattoodtwin) February 15, 2019