They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, President Donald Trump may not appreciate that his infamous tweeting habits are the butt of jokes across China. Although Twitter is blocked in the Asian nation, that has not stopped the appearance of numerous websites that provide the look and feel of social media messages sent by the 45th President of the United States.
The most prominent of these new companies is Jike. The creator of this Shanghai-based company is a Chinese-born, University of Michigan graduate who spent years developing his programming skills at Google. His co-founder, Lin Hang, stressed that in only four days, users generated over 1 million Trump-esque tweets. Many of them focused on the 2017 Lunar New Year. Over 200,000 people sent their greetings to family and friends in the style of America’s chief executive. As the 15-day long holiday celebration of the Year of the Rooster continues onward, expect @realDonaldTrump to weigh in on the more serious issues. In particular, some of the most popular tweets have targeted Alibaba, the large online shopping company, while others targeted rivalries between universities.
Some of the tweets are entirely in Chinese characters. However, some enterprising users wrote their messages in English worthy of Trump. Most copy his writing style, while others borrow heavily his use of exclamation points. For instance, one tweet with over 20,000 likes states, “@realDonaldTrump wants to buy a jianbing and wants Mexico to pay for it.” Jianbing is the slang word for street food. Some of the tweets were so realistic, people believed they were actually from the president. Although the tweets mock President Trump’s style, they are mostly respectful of the man. Initially, people focused on the fallout over Donald’s decision to talk to Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan. Nevertheless, at least for the moment, most people in China do not care about the man’s politics. Instead, they view Trump as an entertaining showman.