“Useful idiot” is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leader.
From Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to the motley crew of leftists infamously known as “The Squad” – the Red Chinese have certainly gotten their share of juicy targets to co-opt who fit the bill of that derogatory term.
Now Chinese state media is using Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to bash America.
Always eager to cast its largest geopolitical rival in a negative light, Xinhua News Agency, a media outlet controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, touted a quote from socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a way to characterize “the rate of school shootings in the United States as a mark of global shame.”
During a House hearing where AOC pushed for increased gun control she said, “We can’t even keep our kids safe from their school being turned into a war zone.”
The Chinese media outlet’s article features the Ocasio-Cortez quote in bold type underneath the congresswoman’s official portrait.
Other American radical leftists have been used by China for propaganda purposes.
In May, the Global Times (another Chinese Communist “news” source) featured an interview with liberal activist Ryan Deitsch in which he voiced his irritation with the United States, saying, “This is a white supremacist country. Our constitution was written by slave owners and white supremacists. We continue to uphold these doctrines.”
"This is a white supremacist country. Our constitution was written by slave owners and white supremacists. We continue to uphold these doctrines." @Ryan_Deitsch, a survivor of Parkland shooting massacre, told @WenwenWang1127 what he thought of the Buffalo attack in #ITalk show. pic.twitter.com/qmv9aWpdTj
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) May 18, 2022
Deitsch was a student during the Parkland shooting and his comments were made in an interview where he was asked what he thought of the Buffalo attack.
This isn’t Ocasio-Cortez’s first fifteen minutes of fame among the Chinese-run media.
AOC’s chummy relationship with these groups has been building for some time, as the Washington Free Beacon reported last year.
The New York Congresswoman thanked the newspaper Sing Tao, whose owners are members of a Chinese Communist Party advisory group, for covering a June 2020 roundtable discussion.
Additionally, AOC even paid the paper that month and in April 2021 to run ads.
China’s efforts to shame the United States are clearly an attempt at deflection.
Pointing to leftist criticisms of the United States is a convenient and transparent way to distract from the Communist regime’s contemptible human rights record as China is carrying out a genocide against its ethnic Uyghur minority.
And it looks like they’ll have plenty of opportunities to continue doing so with the number of useful idiots available to them on the Left.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.