Asian Twitter couldn’t resist having a little fun after reading an Ivanka Trump tweet that she described as a “Chinese Proverb.”
Trump posted the words of wisdom on Monday, possibly sparked by criticism of her father’s efforts in the North Korea summit.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 11, 2018
People on Twitter were a bit suspicious as to which Chinese proverb Trump was referring to ― and many doubted its existence at all.
"This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb." - Chinese Proverb https://t.co/d7UiTYvrfS
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) June 11, 2018
For the record, this is not a Chinese proverb but a piece of ‘mysterious East’ wisdom made up by Westerners (see next tweet). 1/ https://t.co/HqGnwCI4SP
— Michael Li (@mcpli) June 12, 2018
"Keep our words out of your mouth." -Chinese Proverb https://t.co/R5oJVyJ63w
— Jenny Chinese Proverb Yang (@jennyyangtv) June 12, 2018
Confucius say.. don't use Chinese proverbs as intellectual and moral veneer. https://t.co/qmaeSrEkYc
— Jessica Prois (@JessicaProis) June 11, 2018
"A Chinese proverb." -Chinese proverb pic.twitter.com/jiVldmasHm
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) June 12, 2018
Actual Chinese netizens debated the possible Chinese source, if any, of Trump’s tweet. They came up with various suggestions, including “Empty talk is harmful to the nation, while doing practical work will make it thrive,” a proverb frequently used by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
They also offered some snarky commentary, including one person who said, “Don’t mistake something as a Chinese proverb simply because it’s written in Chinese characters.”
Ultimately, everyone was thinking the same thing:
"You can call any old shit a Chinese proverb on the internet."
— Brendan O'Kane (@bokane) June 11, 2018
President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday in Singapore. The two leaders signed an agreement that Trump described as “very important,” “comprehensive” and “far better” than expected. But multiple North Korea experts labeled the agreement, which merely said that the hermit kingdom would work toward denuclearization, as “vague” and “old news.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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