• Sasse Not Happy with Bloomberg’s China Remarks: ‘The Kind of Stupid You Can’t Script’

    Surge Summary: In a checking-out-of-reality moment, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg recently implied that China isn’t really much of a dictatorship, that the people of that nation aren’t as oppressed as many think. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is having none of that kind of talk.

    Tuesday, Senator Ben Sasse lit into Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, ripping the former New York City mayor’s bland assertion that Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is “not a dictator.”

    National Review’s Mairead McArdle writes:

    It was in a September interview that Bloomberg commented that China is relocating coal power plants away from cities because the Communist Party “wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public.”

    “When the public says I can’t breathe the air, Xi Jinping is not a dictator,” the billionaire businessman said. “He has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.”

    “Constituents”? Another term would probably be more appropriate. “Subjects”, perhaps? Or “slaves”? Maybe “drudges”?

    Doubtless, the beleaguered Uyghur people in China’s hinterlands or Christian Churches recently raided or razed by the regime would find Bloomberg’s theorizing a puzzling revelation.

    But the 77-year-old White House aspirant wasn’t finished:

    “You’re not going to have a revolution. No government survives without the will of the majority of its people,” Bloomberg insisted.

    The Cornhusker State’s Sasse is a vocal hawk on China issues and it showed in his response to Bloomberg’s musings, calling them “nonsense.”

    “This is the kind of stupid you can’t script,” Sasse said in his statement. “Michael Bloomberg actually said ‘Xi Jinping is not a dictator’ and that ‘the Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public.’ Nonsense.”

    “The Chinese Communist Party has thrown a million innocent Uyghurs into camps and has made billions of dollars by literally harvesting the organs of their political prisoners,” the Nebraska Republican added. “That’s an evil dictatorship and Michael Bloomberg can’t hide from that reality.”

    It’s true: the Chinese Communist Party has conducted hideous mass detentions of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in far northwest China. In a piece of particularly despicable blackmail, relatives of those detained were told that the length of their loved ones’ internments turned, in part, on the conduct of those not detained.

    The Bloomberg campaign did not immediately respond to a request for a response to Sasse’s statement.

    Bloomberg ticked up to 6 percent support among likely Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters, according to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll, up from 3 percent before he officially launched his campaign last month.

    So, presumably, there’s a market for the “Eh, China ain’t so bad” school of foreign policy?

    H/T: National Review/Mairead McArdle

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