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Tuesday evening, after a news report from NBC News delineated a number of illegal immigrants released by the U. S. Border Patrol who then tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently said they planned to visit other cities and states, Arkansas GOP senator Tom Cotton fired, “President Biden’s border crisis is a superspreader event.”
The NBC News report retweeted by Cotton cited one immigrant who tested positive and stated she was headed for Houston. The report added:
Other migrant families who also said they had tested positive were waiting to go to other destinations: North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey. The city of Brownsville administers these rapid tests at the bus station, after migrant families are released by the Border Patrol. A spokesperson for Brownsville confirmed that, since they began doing these tests Jan. 25, 108 migrants have tested positive for Covid-19, which is 6.3 percent of those who took the test.
Cotton has not been reticent to criticize Biden even before he became president. In April 2020, writing in National Review, Cotton blasted Biden for his consistent support for Communist China. “Joe Biden Is China’s Choice for President,” declared the title.
Cotton began by noting, “The Democratic Party has always been weak on national security when it comes to China. But some credit is due when it comes to China’s atrocious human-rights record and its theft of American jobs. For a generation, prominent Democrats loudly criticized Beijing on these fronts … Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have been longstanding China trade hawks, for instance. Even a socialist like Bernie Sanders has been a reliable critic.”
Then Cotton turned his sights on Biden: “Despite the occasional box-checking, wishy-washy comment slapping Beijing on the wrist for the worst of its abuses, the reality is that the former vice president’s support of the People’s Republic of China is deep and longstanding.”
Cotton listed Biden’s actions that buttressed his attack: When Biden served as the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 1990s, he shot down opposition to granting China most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership. As Ch... (Read more)
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