Commentary: U.S. Democracy

Dark day in Capitol Hill brings superiority of U.S. democracy into question

  • English

Shotlist


Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of people climbing high wall outside Capitol, holding flags, shouting

Beijing, China - Jan 11, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
2. Screenshots of article titled "Who's the banana republic now" on Kenya's national newspaper Daily Nation
3. Screenshot article on Colombia's national paper Publimetro
4. Screenshot of Twitter post of Palestinian-American scholar Yousef Munayyer
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Wang Guan, anchor, China Global Television Network (CGTN) (ending with shot 6):
"Those who believe in the superiority of U.S.-style democracy should now think twice. Yes, it has a lot to do with Trump. But the social and economic division that fueled these violent right-wing nationalists started before Trump. And the damage done to America's democratic institutions like the press and the judiciary may outlast Trump's presidency."

Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
6. Various of barrier knocked on ground; Trump's supporters on top of scaffolding, mobile office
7. Various of Trump supporters gathered in front of Capitol
8. Various of Trump supporters marching

Beijing, China - Jan 11, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Wang Guan, anchor, China Global Television Network (CGTN) (partially overlaid with shots 10-12):
"And through it all, we saw Washington's double standards once again. U.S. officials from both the left and right condemned the Capitol Hill rioters, with Joe Biden even calling them 'domestic terrorists'. But during the violence in Hong Kong, during which rioters raided and vandalized the legislature, set metro stations on fire, and threw petrol bombs at police, even stabbing one of them in the neck, U.S. officials called them 'pro-democracy activists'. Of course, one group is 'domestic terrorists' and the other 'pro-democracy activists'. We've seen this before, haven't we?"

++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Trump supporters marching

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Sept 29, 2019 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
11. Various of rioters on street, starting fires
12. Rioters dragging bus sign to middle of street
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++

Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
13. Police officers on guard, police vehicle
14. Police officers holding shields
15. Police vehicle on street

Storyline


The scenes of violence and bloodshed which erupted in the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday after outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump incited an uprising against his democratically-elected opponent Joe Biden, marked one of the darkest days in the history of the United States.

The chaos in Washington, D.C., which left at least five dead, led to dozens of arrests, and resulted in widespread condemnation, shows that there is no superiority of U.S.-style democracy, with the U.S. taking a double-standards approach towards such riots, according to a China Global Television Network (CGTN) commentary delivered by CGTN anchor Wang Guan on Monday.

The full text of the commentary is as follows:

You would think this was some country in the Middle East or Africa where Washington preached free and fair elections or intervened militarily to install a democracy.

But it is the United States.

A sore loser, who lost to his challenger by 7 million votes and some 70 electoral college votes, and who lost most lawsuits defying these results, instigated a mob who looted and attacked Capitol Hill to stop the final vote count to certify Biden's win.

And where were the Trumps during the protests?

Yes, as the chaos unfolded, the Trump family were cheering the protesters and celebrating Eric Trump’s birthday, who himself also tweeted: "Never thought I would have 150,000 people sing me happy birthday on the National Mall in Washington D.C!"

Surely, Eric has got so much attention from the rest of the world.

"Who's the banana republic now?" asked Kenya's national newspaper Daily Nation the next day. 'Banana Republic' has been a term used by the U.S. to describe fragile democracies over the world.

The exact same question was also asked by Colombia's national paper Publimetro.

In the face of the Capitol riots, Palestinian-American scholar Yousef Munayyer tweeted the same day: "We exported so much democracy that we don’t have any left."

Bot now, those who believe in the superiority of U.S.-style democracy should now think twice. Yes, it has a lot to do with Trump. But the social and economic division that fueled these violent right-wing nationalists started before Trump. And the damage done to America's democratic institutions like the press and the judiciary may outlast Trump's presidency.

And through it all, we saw Washington's double standards once again.

U.S. officials from both the left and right condemned the Capitol Hill rioters, with Joe Biden even calling them 'domestic terrorists'. Nancy Pelosi said: "Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy."

But during the violence in Hong Kong, during which rioters raided and vandalized the legislature, set metro stations on fire, and threw petrol bombs at police, even stabbing one of them in the neck, U.S. officials called them 'pro-democracy activists'.

Speaking about these protests, Nancy Pelosi once commented: "It's a beautiful sight to behold. And I commend the courage of the people there for speaking out."

Of course, one group is "domestic terrorists" and the other "pro-democracy activists".

We've seen this before, haven't we?

Islamists who attacked the U.S. and its allies have been called 'terrorists' whereas extremists killing innocents in China were 'repressed ethnic minorities'.

In U.S. elections, there could only be "Russian interference". Because when Washington triggered a coup in Ukraine in 2014, it was alleged as 'supporting democracy'.

Kings and amirs in the Persian Gulf were Washington's 'friends and allies' while elected leaders in Syria and Zimbabwe were 'dictators' and their elections 'manipulated'.

Now back to the Capitol Hill riots. What was I thinking when those images were presented in front of me? Trump's inaugural speech four years ago. Because I was there. I was a Washington-based correspondent back then. And I can tell you I had much better memories of America before that day, when Trump delivered his sacred and seemingly great speech: "The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity."


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  • ID : 8173500
  • Dateline : Jan 11/6, 2021/File
  • Location : United States
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 2'05
  • Audio Language : English/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Published : 2021-01-13 22:09
  • Last Modified : 2021-01-14 22:46:55
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Commentary: U.S. Democracy

Dark day in Capitol Hill brings superiority of U.S. democracy into question

Dateline : Jan 11/6, 2021/File

Location : United States

Duration : 2'05

  • English


Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of people climbing high wall outside Capitol, holding flags, shouting

Beijing, China - Jan 11, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
2. Screenshots of article titled "Who's the banana republic now" on Kenya's national newspaper Daily Nation
3. Screenshot article on Colombia's national paper Publimetro
4. Screenshot of Twitter post of Palestinian-American scholar Yousef Munayyer
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Wang Guan, anchor, China Global Television Network (CGTN) (ending with shot 6):
"Those who believe in the superiority of U.S.-style democracy should now think twice. Yes, it has a lot to do with Trump. But the social and economic division that fueled these violent right-wing nationalists started before Trump. And the damage done to America's democratic institutions like the press and the judiciary may outlast Trump's presidency."

Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
6. Various of barrier knocked on ground; Trump's supporters on top of scaffolding, mobile office
7. Various of Trump supporters gathered in front of Capitol
8. Various of Trump supporters marching

Beijing, China - Jan 11, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Wang Guan, anchor, China Global Television Network (CGTN) (partially overlaid with shots 10-12):
"And through it all, we saw Washington's double standards once again. U.S. officials from both the left and right condemned the Capitol Hill rioters, with Joe Biden even calling them 'domestic terrorists'. But during the violence in Hong Kong, during which rioters raided and vandalized the legislature, set metro stations on fire, and threw petrol bombs at police, even stabbing one of them in the neck, U.S. officials called them 'pro-democracy activists'. Of course, one group is 'domestic terrorists' and the other 'pro-democracy activists'. We've seen this before, haven't we?"

++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Trump supporters marching

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Sept 29, 2019 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
11. Various of rioters on street, starting fires
12. Rioters dragging bus sign to middle of street
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++

Washington D.C., USA - Jan 6, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
13. Police officers on guard, police vehicle
14. Police officers holding shields
15. Police vehicle on street


The scenes of violence and bloodshed which erupted in the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday after outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump incited an uprising against his democratically-elected opponent Joe Biden, marked one of the darkest days in the history of the United States.

The chaos in Washington, D.C., which left at least five dead, led to dozens of arrests, and resulted in widespread condemnation, shows that there is no superiority of U.S.-style democracy, with the U.S. taking a double-standards approach towards such riots, according to a China Global Television Network (CGTN) commentary delivered by CGTN anchor Wang Guan on Monday.

The full text of the commentary is as follows:

You would think this was some country in the Middle East or Africa where Washington preached free and fair elections or intervened militarily to install a democracy.

But it is the United States.

A sore loser, who lost to his challenger by 7 million votes and some 70 electoral college votes, and who lost most lawsuits defying these results, instigated a mob who looted and attacked Capitol Hill to stop the final vote count to certify Biden's win.

And where were the Trumps during the protests?

Yes, as the chaos unfolded, the Trump family were cheering the protesters and celebrating Eric Trump’s birthday, who himself also tweeted: "Never thought I would have 150,000 people sing me happy birthday on the National Mall in Washington D.C!"

Surely, Eric has got so much attention from the rest of the world.

"Who's the banana republic now?" asked Kenya's national newspaper Daily Nation the next day. 'Banana Republic' has been a term used by the U.S. to describe fragile democracies over the world.

The exact same question was also asked by Colombia's national paper Publimetro.

In the face of the Capitol riots, Palestinian-American scholar Yousef Munayyer tweeted the same day: "We exported so much democracy that we don’t have any left."

Bot now, those who believe in the superiority of U.S.-style democracy should now think twice. Yes, it has a lot to do with Trump. But the social and economic division that fueled these violent right-wing nationalists started before Trump. And the damage done to America's democratic institutions like the press and the judiciary may outlast Trump's presidency.

And through it all, we saw Washington's double standards once again.

U.S. officials from both the left and right condemned the Capitol Hill rioters, with Joe Biden even calling them 'domestic terrorists'. Nancy Pelosi said: "Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy."

But during the violence in Hong Kong, during which rioters raided and vandalized the legislature, set metro stations on fire, and threw petrol bombs at police, even stabbing one of them in the neck, U.S. officials called them 'pro-democracy activists'.

Speaking about these protests, Nancy Pelosi once commented: "It's a beautiful sight to behold. And I commend the courage of the people there for speaking out."

Of course, one group is "domestic terrorists" and the other "pro-democracy activists".

We've seen this before, haven't we?

Islamists who attacked the U.S. and its allies have been called 'terrorists' whereas extremists killing innocents in China were 'repressed ethnic minorities'.

In U.S. elections, there could only be "Russian interference". Because when Washington triggered a coup in Ukraine in 2014, it was alleged as 'supporting democracy'.

Kings and amirs in the Persian Gulf were Washington's 'friends and allies' while elected leaders in Syria and Zimbabwe were 'dictators' and their elections 'manipulated'.

Now back to the Capitol Hill riots. What was I thinking when those images were presented in front of me? Trump's inaugural speech four years ago. Because I was there. I was a Washington-based correspondent back then. And I can tell you I had much better memories of America before that day, when Trump delivered his sacred and seemingly great speech: "The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity."


ID : 8173500

Published : 2021-01-13 22:09

Last Modified : 2021-01-14 22:46:55

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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