During his speech to Coast Guard cadets on Wednesday, President Joe Biden appeared to quote mass murder and communist leader Mao Zedong.
“There’s a saying…’Women hold up half the world.'” Biden said as he quoted the communist murder. “It’s an absolutely stupid position not to make sure sure they represent at least half of what we do.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 19, 2021
Biden praises growing number of women graduating from U.S. Coast Guard Academy, noting Class of 2021 is over one-third female: "There's a saying…'Women hold up half the world.' It's an absolutely stupid position not to make sure sure they represent at least half of what we do." pic.twitter.com/ZJu6drshAb
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 19, 2021
Biden has a weird obsession with Mao Zedong considering he has a history of quoting the communist dictator.
Biden used the same quote when explaining his reasoning for selecting Kamala Harris as his vice president pick.
Check out what Yahoo News reported at the time:
Joe Biden used a quote from brutal Chinese dictator Mao Zedong to explain his pick of Kamala Harris as his running mate during the ticket’s first public interview Sunday.
When asked by ABC News’s Robin Roberts whether he felt “pressure to select a black woman,” Biden responded by saying he did not feel pressure, explaining that he did want his government to “look like the people, look like the country.”
“51 percent of the people in this country are women,” he said. “As that old expression goes, ‘women hold up half the sky.’”
Biden’s reference to “that old expression” is in fact a well-known proclamation that Mao made to promote women leaving the home amid the Cultural Revolution in China. It was then widely used as propaganda during the “Great Leap Forward,” during which Mao’s regime caused the deaths of an estimated 45 million Chinese people from 1958 to 1962.
The former vice president also quoted Zedong during a digital fundraiser with former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
“We’ve got to get real economic relief into women’s hands now,” Biden said referring to Mao’s quote.
Biden’s senior adviser Anita Dunn once praised Mao, calling him one of her “favorite political philosophers.”
“Mao Zedong said, ‘You fight your war and I’ll fight mine,’” she once said. “Think about that for a second. You don’t have to accept the definition of how to do things, and you don’t have to follow other people’s choices and paths. You fight your own war, you lay out your own path.”