Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had some words to share about the White House's statement on China's zero COVID policy which has caused turmoil and protests to break out all over the country as citizens are fighting back. Americans hoping for the Biden administration to announce an eloquent rebuke of China's brutal way of treating its people and a reassurance that these oppressive policies would not appear to be in the making at home in America, were disappointed. RedState's Sister Toldjah called the statement “tone deaf.” Ted Cruz said it was “pitiful.”
“At an likely historic inflection stage, Dems shill for the CCP. It's a sign of weakness from Biden's administration. It's as if Biden would rather be driving tanks through Tiananmen Square.”
Cruz is referring, naturally, to the pro-democracy protests in 1989, which led to the bloody repression of protesters, represented by a single person who was battling a tank at Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Cruz implies it's possible that Joe Biden would prefer being at the front of a fight. He's right on.
Just a few hours after the tweet was made, Cruz made a complete statement, which read:
“The Chinese Communist Party has since its inception been trying to hide the cause of COVID-19, its nature, and the consequences of COVID-19. They deceived and continue to deceive the world which led to thousands of people losing their lives, and huge pain was caused.”
He also said that “The citizens of China are not the ones to blame for the actions of the CCP. Indeed, many were protesting against the CCP's handling of the pandemic. Now, these protests have morphed into an open attack on the CCP regime. They're courageously standing up in defense of their freedoms.”
Then he set his sights directly back at Biden and the Biden administration for their indifferent response to the violations of human rights which are taking place by the government in China:
“The Biden administration's response has been far worse than what was anticipated. The CCP must be aware that in one way or the other during the coming months or years, it is likely that the United States will hold each and every CCP official accountable for the atrocities against protesters.”
Other Republicans joined Cruz in expressing their displeasure over China's lockdowns as well as the Biden administration's reaction, with the current GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) vowing to “reckon with” China when his party gains control of the House of Representatives in January.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tweeted: “We have seen the horrific human suffering and economic destruction that lockdowns inflict on a community. The Chinese people are worthy of our solidarity and support in their struggle for freedom in protest against President Xi's dictatorial and oppressive regime.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) declared, “God Bless the brave protesters in China. Don't overlook the advantages we have here in America. USA.” The Rep. ‘s co-worker, Rep. Andy Biggs added, “China has had enough of COVID oppression. These kinds of lockdowns don't work and can destroy societies.”
In response to the criticisms aimed at the administration, the unnamed spokesperson of Biden's National Security Council tried -and failed to stand up for his position. Via Politico:
“As we've said, we think it's going to be very difficult for the People's Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero Covid strategy,” the spokesperson stated. He added that measures like increasing the rate of vaccination were more beneficial. “We've always said that everybody has the right to peacefully protest at home in our country in the United States and around the world. This is true even in the PRC.”
We know that's an untruth. When we had our own brutal WuFlu lockdowns, parents weren't only detained for peacefully protesting school board meetings throughout the country, they were also branded “domestic terrorists” by Biden's DOJ, and were changed to the FBI. Any weak-worded assurances the administration tries to offer regarding protests and lockdowns ring empty, which their poor track record in this field makes clear. Ted Cruz is correct. It's pitiful.