A majority of Americans gets that “China lied and people died.”
It’s not a political statement, it’s simply a statement of fact. It has nothing to do with your party affiliation or President Donald Trump.
If someone is trying to absolve China from blame or attacking Trump because he, properly, places blame on China, then either he’s so invested in throwing Trump under the bus he doesn’t care how China has harmed us or he’s pimping on behalf of the Chinese government.
There has been a lot of hyperbole over China’s role with some in media trying to give them a pass.
But it’s probably tough to beat former Sen. Max Baucus, who was a senator for 36 years and who was also Barack Obama’s ambassador to China from 2014-2017.
“This is not rocket science. Here is what really concerns me. The administration rhetoric is so strong against China, it’s over the top. We’re entering a kind of an era which is similar to Joe McCarthy back when he was red-baiting. And State Department attacking communism, a little bit like Hitler in the ‘30s, that a lot of people knew what was going on was wrong. They knew it was wrong but they didn’t stand up and say anything about it. They felt intimidated,” Baucus, who also served a Democratic senator from Montana, said.
“And now the United States has been in place, says anything reasonable about China, feels intimidated, like the head’s going to be chopped off. And back in the ‘30s in Germany it’s very similar. People who were responsible in the U.S. and especially responsible in Germany couldn’t speak up,” he continued. “And I worry that some of that’s happening now, and it’s very dangerous. And I think it’s in part because the Republican administration, Donald Trump, realizes that the economy is not doing well, probably because of the Coronavirus and therefore they have to pivot, they have to blame somebody and they’re blaming China. And it is very difficult to get back on track after the election, whoever’s elected.”
Wow. This is sheer lunacy. And this was someone who was supposed to have represented our interests in China and in general for 36 years.
Criticizing them for spreading the virus to the world is McCarthyism? Or being like Hitler? One has to think Baucus knows nothing about those periods if he thinks holding them accountable for what they’ve done is comparable to the Nazis. That’s base and it’s disrespectful to all the victims of the Nazis to make that comparison. It’s giving the communists a pass.
Let’s just look at what we already know at this point. They tried to cover up the outbreak, hiding and destroying evidence, disappearing doctors and journalists. They lied to WHO about it being not communicable causing more delay. They cut off travel internally, after they knew how dangerous it was, but still allowed thousands to fly all over the world, including the U.S., allowing it to seed all over the world. They’ve tried to shut down criticism and blame the United States since.
As a former representative for the U.S., one would think that Baucus should be defending the U.S. from the constant attack from the government. Instead, he’s attacking our government and seemingly defending China.
Even the CNN International anchor Hala Gorani couldn’t believe he was quite so “provocative” with such a comment in trying to compare Trump to the Nazis. When she pressed him, Baucus said he didn’t think were were “there yet” but that the “China bashing” was irresponsible.
No, it isn’t irresponsible. In fact, it’s long since due and needs to precede a whole reevaluation of our relationship with China, decoupling and making sure we are never put in this position again, that our supply chains, our essential systems are not compromised by CCP influence.
We already saw the problem during the Hong Kong protests and now are paying the price big time with the pandemic, as is the rest of the world. Time, long since time, that China is held accountable for its actions.
Oh, and one more point as Townhall observes, according to a bio at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Baucus’ consulting firm, Baucus Group LLC, says Baucus provides consulting services to American and Chinese businesses, along with serving on the Board of Directors of Ingram Micro and the Board of Advisors to Alibaba Group.
Can you imagine how bad this would have been under Obama?