If you ever wanted to feel uneasy about the people in charge of this country, look no further than Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s recent remarks on China. Feinstein (D-CA) said during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting this week that China is “growing into a respectable nation” and that we really shouldn’t be trying to hold them accountable for spreading the deadliest pandemic in 100 years.
We should cut them some slack, y’all. They’re good people. Sure, they may eat a raw bat now and again. Yeah, they will stop at nothing to steal America’s intellectual property. Yes, yes, they could be spying on untold millions with their TikTok app. And, oh yeah, they’re throwing thousands of Muslims into slave labor camps. But if you put all that aside, they’re just people. Like us!
“We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst other nations. I deeply believe that,” Feinstein said Thursday.
These words, from a woman who had an actual Chinese spy working in her office for twenty years.
Feinstein went on to say that it would be a “huge mistake” for the U.S. to strip China of its foreign immunity from litigation because they could turn around and do the same thing to us.
Feinstein’s argument on that point has some merit, but you don’t have to dress up China’s reputation to make it. Their treatment of the Uighur Muslims is an atrocity, their treatment of the Hong Kong protesters has been unspeakable, and their presence on the global stage is far from “respectable.” Quite the contrary. They have used a combination of bullying, thuggishness, and espionage to improve their economic standing, and their behavior has only grown worse over the last five years. If anything, they are growing less respectable by the day.
That declining reputation took its hardest hit yet in January when Chinese officials lied to both their own citizens and the rest of the world about the virus suddenly racing through the population. To the World Health Organization, they said there was no evidence that the virus was contagious. The WHO, which clearly buys into Feinstein’s “Respectable China” theory, parroted this nonsense without a second thought. We learned all too soon, of course, that this virus was plenty contagious. It has now claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, to say nothing of the untold trillions in economic damage to the world.
For Feinstein to make such a ridiculous statement speaks to one of two things: Her total ignorance (scary enough) or her compromised nature (terrifying). Either way, she is a disgrace to the Senate.