State media in particular have been paying attention to protests in US cities – starting this summer with Black Lives Matter protests, through rallies surrounding the election. – as proof that American democracy is in turmoil.
After Mr. Biden won over Pennsylvania, and thus the president, CCTV, the state’s television station, showed a video of the large crowd in Philadelphia on Saturday night and the dense police presence. One anchor claimed that there were “not only verbal attacks but physical clashes” between Trump and Biden supporters. (In fact, there are very few reports of violent confrontations.)
Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, pointed out Trump’s refusal to give in, writing on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform, that “American society is now heavily divided, which creates land for more political deviation ”.
The media stressed the possibility of political violence throughout the week as the results of the vote count increased. Since Election Day, Chinese state media have shared photos of active businesses and police stationed at the exploration sites.
At the time the race was named, the second trending topic on Weibo was the shot of two people attending a pro-Trump rally in Florida on Friday. Very few articles mention that the shots fired were bullets, or that the two had been treated with minor injuries and were released.
Some state-controlled stores appear to have been riddled with uncertainty. Just minutes before Saturday’s election run for Mr. Biden, the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, mocked Mr Trump’s declaration of refusal to accept the election results.
Mr. Trump, about an hour earlier, falsely tweeted that he had won the election. The People’s Daily account retweeted that post, adding comment, “HaHa” and a smiley emoji.