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Ben Shapiro: Trump Not Responsible for What’s Going on in Hong Kong, But Should Stand Up for Freedom

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | August 15, 2019 | 10:49 AM EDT

Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

During his daily podcast, Episode 839 of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” on Wednesday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro suggested President Donald Trump is not responsible for what is going on in Hong Kong, but should stand up for freedom in that area.

“Again, Trump is not responsible for what’s going on in Hong Kong, but this would be a time for him to stand up for freedom in an area of the world that deserves it, had negotiated for it, and now is not receiving it from what is a geopolitical enemy of the United States – China,” stated Ben Shapiro. “Stealing our technology, building rival 5G networks that attempt to provide a counterbalance to the 5G networks that we are building right now. We are in a second cold war with the Chinese.”

Ben Shapiro’s comments came in response to a few tweets put out by President Trump on Aug. 13 concerning China with regard to trade, the protests underway in Hong Kong, and how the Chinese government is moving troops to the border with Hong Kong.

Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Ben Shapiro’s remarks from his podcast on Wednesday:

“So, in the last 24 hours he’s tweeted out, ‘As usual, China said they were going to be buying “big” from our great American Farmers. So far they have not done what they said. Maybe this will be different!’ I don’t know what the hell that means.

“And then he added, ‘Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?’

“Okay, again, Trump is not responsible for what’s going on in Hong Kong, but this would be a time for him to stand up for freedom in an area of the world that deserves it, had negotiated for it, and now is not receiving it from what is a geopolitical enemy of the United States – China. Stealing our technology, building rival 5G networks that attempt to provide a counterbalance to the 5G networks that we are building right now. We are in a second cold war with the Chinese. It will stay cold, we can all hope, but the fact is that the Chinese are an expansionist power and they have been both militarily and technologically. They are doing so at the expense of the United States, and the United States, if we’re going to take harsh action against China, you need to make the case.

“Now Trump has— He keeps making this weird case where Xi Jinping is his best friend, and ‘We’re great, and we can negotiate a deal together.’ And then at the same time, the Chinese keep jacking us, and ‘The Chinese are the worst. And they’re cheating us. And they’re stealing our manufacturing jobs.

“Explain what it is you are doing, President Trump, if you want the American people to be with you. And especially, again, in the midst of a time when there are protesters in the streets in Hong Kong, who may be mowed down by the Chinese government in the very near future. This would be a time for you to stand up and say, ‘This is why we’ve been putting tariffs on China. It’s because of crap like this we’ve been putting tariffs on China, and as JFK put it, “We will bear any burden in the name of liberty.”

“And I’m sorry, but getting slightly more expensive goods from China in the name of liberty doesn’t seem like all that much of a burden to bear to help the people of Hong Kong who are flying the American flag while they are protesting for their freedom.

“But that’s not the kind of statement that Trump is making right now.

“Now, Barack Obama, back in 2009, had the opportunity to stand with protesters against the Iranian regime, and instead, he completely undercut them. And he suggested that it was an Iranian internal problem. And the protesters were mowed down in the streets. And the Iranian government, instead, got a sweetheart deal from the American government. It was disgusting. You don’t want the same thing from the Trump administration with regard to China if they should run roughshod over the protesters for human rights and democracy in Hong Kong.

“You know, Trump’s only statement with regard to Hong Kong directly, he said, ‘Our intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!’ Okay? That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the protesters aims here. In fact, it’s pretty milquetoast.”

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