GOP Sen. Cotton Takes on Chicoms: 'Burden of Proof for Coronavirus Outbreak Is on You'

In this Jan. 22, 2020, photo released on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, by China's Xinhua News Agency, medical workers of the Union Hospital with the Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan participate in a ceremony to form an "assault team" to battle against a coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP)

Republican Senator Tom Cotton is engaged in a massive online battle with the Chinese government. The reason? The senator has criticized the way Beijing has dealt with the outbreak of the coronavirus, even suggesting that the deadly virus could have been created in a Chinese biological warfare lab. Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai doesn’t take that accusation lightly.


Cotton has criticized the Chicoms (Chinese communists) several times on Twitter. And no, he didn’t exactly mince his words. He directly blamed the Chinese Communist Party for the epidemic.

In another tweet, Cotton added that “preventing [the] coronavirus from becoming an epidemic in America will require drastic changes from the Chinese Communist Party, whose secrecy and paranoia are responsible for its rapid growth.”

Tiankai appeared on “Face The Nation” Sunday in order to a) calm down those who may be worried about the outbreak of this new coronavirus and b) apparently slam Senator Cotton. “It’s very harmful, it’s very dangerous, to stir up suspicion, rumors and spread them among the people,” the ambassador told viewers. “For one thing, this will create panic,” he said about Cotton’s criticism.


Shortly after “Face The Nation” tweeted this video of Ambassador Tiankai attacking Cotton, the senator struck back. “Here’s what’s not a conspiracy, not a theory,” he tweeted. “Fact: China lied about virus starting in Wuhan food market.”

And he wasn’t done quite yet. “Fact,” he wrote, “super-lab is just a few miles from that market. Where did it start? We don’t know. But burden of proof is on you & fellow communists. Open up now to competent international scientists.”


The Chinese may not be happy about it, but increasingly more people have very serious questions about this new coronavirus — questions that have to be answered.

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