Joe Biden borrowed a piece of propaganda from brutal Marxist-Communist dictator Mao Zedong during his commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday.
During an address to the graduating class at the United States Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, Biden appeared to quote the late Chinese Communist Chairman Mao Zedong in remarks about gender equality, according to Fox News.
Biden said that “Women hold up half the world” in reference to the USCG Academy’s class being one-third female this year.
“There’s a saying, used in a different context, a Chinese saying that says, ‘Women hold up half the world,’ said Biden on Wednesday, adding, “It’s an absolute stupid position not to make sure [women] represent at least half of what we do.”
The Library of Congress—research arm of the United States Congress and largest library in the world—affirms the phrase “Women hold up half the sky” is in fact a “[q]uotation from Mao Tse Tung” circa 1955.
A June 2019 publication in the Journal of Labor and Society (Wiley Online Library) titled “Women hold up half the sky: The response of Maoists in Britain to the challenge of feminism” also confirms the propagandistic idiom’s origin in Marxist dictator Mao. As do publications from The New York Times and The Guardian.
Lee Edwards, Ph.D. with The Heritage Foundation declares Mao Zedong is “the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century.”
Citing The Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press, 1997)—which painstakingly documents the horrifying history of Communist genocides, mass-murders, and artificial famines—, Edwards notes that “an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s repeated, merciless attempts to create a new ‘socialist’ China” and that “[a]nyone who got in [Mao’s] way was done away with—by execution, imprisonment or forced famine.”
“The most inhumane example of Mao’s contempt for human life came when he ordered the collectivization of China’s agriculture under the ironic slogan, the ‘Great Leap Forward,'” Edwards goes on to say. “A deadly combination of lies about grain production, disastrous farming methods (profitable tea plantations, for example, were turned into rice fields), and misdistribution of food produced the worse famine in human history.”
“Deaths from hunger reached more than 50 percent in some Chinese villages. The total number of dead from 1959 to 1961 was between 30 million and 40 million— the population of California,” notes Edwards.
He continues, “All the while, Mao kept expanding the laogai, a system of 1,000 forced labor camps throughout China. Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in labor camps, has estimated that from the 1950s through the 1980s, 50 million Chinese passed through the Chinese version of the Soviet gulag. Twenty million died as a result of the primitive living conditions and 14-hour work days.”
Recently, Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors—who describes herself as a “trained Marxist” while also owning four homes in high-end (and mostly white) neighborhoods worth more than $3.2 million—celebrated comparisons of the American left-wing movement to the deadly Chinese Cultural Revolution orchestrated by Mao Zedong, according to The Federalist.
Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.