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Hogan Gidley Blasts John Kerry For ‘Pretending’ Middle East Peace Couldn’t Be Achieved

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On Thursday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show,” Donald J. Trump 2020 Campaign National Press Secretary Hogan Gidley slammed former Secretary of State John Kerry for not only doubting any chance for peace in the Middle East, but for also kneeling to America’s adversaries in the region.

In a 2016 speech that recently resurfaced after President Donald Trump this week signed a historic peace accord between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, Kerry said that “there will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world.”

“I’ve heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying ‘well, the Arab world’s in a different place now, we just have to reach out to them and we could work somethings with the Arab world and deal with the Palestinians.’ No, no, no, and no,” Kerry explained.

Kerry’s statement didn’t pan out to be true after the President signed the accord this week and signaled that more and more countries would follow with similar peace deals. And Gidley said it certainly didn’t age well.

“Listen, it’s so funny to listen to him speak,” Gidley said. “Because he that’s one of those speeches. It’s not gonna age. Well, that clip’s not gonna help anybody. But at the same time, look, I’m not taking foreign policy lessons from someone who propped up the Iran deal that paved the way for Iran to get a nuclear weapon. I’m sure not going to take a lecture from somebody who gave a ran billions of dollars in cash, and then admitted that money would probably be used against America in terrorist attacks.”

He added, “So forgive me, if I wasn’t falling all over that speech in the clip you just played in which he tried to pretend as though something like this could never be done, and only his way would make it work. It’s obvious the President understands the politics over there better than most. It’s obvious. The President understands how to come to some type of peace agreement. He’s the one who got it done.”

Further, Gidley explained how President Trump was the outsider who brought a new thinking to Washington that shook up the political establishment, which Kerry and many Obama administration officials were a part of.

“And these folks who’ve been in office forever, and are trying to push the conventional wisdom and conventional methods on to solving problems that they haven’t been able to solve for years. just proves the point. You need somebody who’s an outsider, who’s an underdog, who gets the global picture, who gets people and how to make these deals happen that no one thought possible. That’s Donald Trump. He’s done it every single time. And John Kerry has failed every single time.”

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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