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Chinese newspaper blames democracy for Donald Trump

A state-run newspaper in China is raising alarms about Donald Trump.
A state-run newspaper in China is raising alarms about Donald Trump. Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press/File

A state-run Chinese newspaper is pointing fingers at Western democracy amid Donald Trump’s rise in the US presidential race.

The Global Times published an editorial on Monday warning that the US faces the prospect of “institutional failure” as Trump continues his march to the Republican nomination.

“The rise of a racist in the US political arena worries the whole world. Usually, the tempo of the evolution of US politics can be predicted, while Trump’s ascent indicates all possibilities and unpredictability. He has even been called another Benito Mussolini or Adolf Hitler by some Western media. Mussolini and Hitler came to power through elections, a heavy lesson for Western democracy,” the Global Times said in the editorial.

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Citing clashes between Trump protesters and supporters at Friday’s canceled rally in Chicago, the editorial compared this year’s nominating contest to an election season in a developing country.

“A similar show is shockingly staged in the US, which boasts one of the most developed and mature democratic election systems,” the post read.