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Our very own racist dillweed in Congress: Seth Moulton

Update: Moulton and his wife are now self quarantining with symptoms.

Poor Seth Moulton doesn't have enough to do with his time: He's cosponsoring a resolution with a Republican from Indiana to officially blame China for coronavirus. A Moulton mouthpiece says the failed presidential candidate's logic is that blaming China would help stop President Trump from becoming more xenophobic.

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I mean we all know he's an arrogant jarhead but I'm really speechless.

Moulton has gone full Tom Cotton.

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Does he have one?

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he and Tulsi Gabbard should board the DINO* express to dumbfuckistan where they belong.

*("Democrat In Name Only")

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Jamie Belsito.

Now is not the time for our representatives to spend valuable time and energy assessing and assigning fault during the evolving coronavirus situation. I would prefer to see Mr. Moulton focusing all of his energy on how to help constituents here at home, rather than grandstanding during a critical time of need. All across this district, we have people struggling in what is a very uncertain time.

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Jamie Belsito, Lisa Peterson and Angus McQuilken. There have been a lot of people "thinking about it" since he went up against Pelosi, so there will probably more by May 5th, which is the limit for the state primary.

I had been impressed by the intelligence he had brought to his wartime experience and thought he showed promise. I probably will not vote for him again, but I say this with regret.

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So I'm running against Seth Moulton in the 6th CD, where we need a Democrat as our Democratic nominee for Congress. There's room for everyone in my campaign for change. Learn more at www.angusforcongress.com. Follow on Facebook at @angusforcongress.

Here's my statement from yesterday regarding the Banks/Moulton resolution:

Statement of Angus McQuilken, Democratic Candidate for Congress in Massachusetts 6th Congressional District:

"Instead of focusing on the economic recovery bill, or holding the President's feet to the fire on his tragically slow response to the coronavirus, Seth Moulton is spending his time teaming up with House Republicans to provide cover to this President for his failures of leadership. President Trump's failure to act when action was urgently needed has left thousands of American lives at risk. This resolution won't save a single one of those lives, or put a single person back to work. It is simply a Republican attempt to distract, divide and promote xenophobia. Congressman Moulton's priorities are all wrong, and his failure to get even a single other Democrat to join him in sponsoring this resolution shows his lack of clout on Capitol Hill. This district needs a Democrat as their Democratic nominee for Congress, and voters are going to have a clear choice on September 1."

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Angus McQuilken is running against Moulton in the September primary

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How is this racist? If a country mishandles a virus outbreak and covers it up, why not hold them responsible?

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Are you suggesting that we should call this virus the Trump USA Virus?

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just call it the Trump virus. He loves to take credit for things, help him out by giving him credit for this virus.

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Where’s the racist part?

Their measure condemns China for making “multiple, serious mistakes” in its response to the new coronavirus, including the government downplaying the risks of the virus, censoring medical professionals and expelling journalists. It also specifically calls on the Chinese government to “publicly state that there’s no evidence that COVID–19 originated anywhere else but China.”

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Asian-Americans are being physically attacked in the street.

It all plays into the Republican effort to demonize and scapegoat and divert attention from what they're trying to do.

The Nazis did it with the Jews before World War II, just as Christians in Europe had been doing with Jews for centuries. When things go wrong, deflect all the blame onto scapegoats. It never ends well.

Just as important, Moulton's stunt here does absolutely nothing to help his constituents prepare and deal with what's coming. Blame Canada, um, China? How does that help get masks and ventilators and other supplies to hospitals in his district or the state?

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But Moulton is not a Republican. Based on the things that he said when he was running for President, he’s not even close.

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I see what's going on, and none of it has been violence against Asians. I also see what's been reported, which is different, but hard to quantify because much of the reporting appears to reflect an inflammatory, partisan agenda among reporters.

Seeing what's going on is different from seeing what's being reported. Not the same thing.

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...the Nazis also said that reports of attacks on Jews were just propaganda.

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in these stories?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-bullies-attack-asian-teen-los-a...

https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-subway-attack-coronavirus-woman-mask-1...

https://nypost.com/2020/03/14/victim-of-possible-coronavirus-hate-crime-...

I think I must be missing something here, because these (like the other stories I've seen) appear to be reporting on the statements given by police or governmental officials, but maybe that's "inflammatory" or "partisan" these days.

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I'm sure it has happened, but haven't been able to find any documented cases.

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Yuanyuan Zhu was walking to her gym in San Francisco on March 9, thinking the workout could be her last for a while, when she noticed that a man was shouting at her. He was yelling an expletive about China. Then a bus passed, she recalled, and he screamed after it, “Run them over.”

She tried to keep her distance, but when the light changed, she was stuck waiting with him at the crosswalk. She could feel him staring at her. And then, suddenly, she felt it: his saliva hitting her face and her favorite sweater.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/us/chinese-coronavirus-racist-attacks...

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I think that it is wrong that the State of Israel is illegally occupying the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights. Does that make me antisemitic?

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No one has time for your bullshit right now.

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You clearly had enough time to write this useful reply.

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Meanwhile, Gaffin is saying that criticizing the Chinese government for failing to curtail this early is racist, going as far as to reference Nazi Germany. My point is that it is possible to criticize a government (in the case I cited, even a kind of democratically elected one) of a nation without impugning every person of that nationality.

Of course, I’d love to see what the guy whose comment I challenged has to say.

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“chinese virus” or “kung flu” is not a meaningful criticism of the chinese government, in the same way that saying the israeli government “jewed” the palestinians out of their land wouldn’t be especially worthwhile.

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It's here.

Lot's of talk in the resolution about how the government of the People's Republic of China failed to act. References to the brave work of Zhang Jixian, Yu Wenbin, Ai Fen, and of course the late Li Wenliang in trying to spread the word when they noticed the outbreak, work that was punished by the Chinese government. But sorry, I missed the references to "chinese virus" and "kung flu" in the resolution, but maybe I didn't read it too closely.

But I again ponder, why is it racist to propose a resolution condemning the actions of the government of the People's Republic of China, and does that by extension mean I am antisemitic for calling West Bank settlements illegal?

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the resolution doesn’t exist in a vacuum. it seems to exist to legitimize the sentiments expressed by the president and his cronies by softening the edges a bit. further, it isn’t helpful at this time considering the uptick in prejudice against people of asian descent.

so yes, perhaps you could be antisemitic for calling the west bank settlements illegal — if you were also known to use antisemitic language in other settings.

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Seth Moulton, who is not known for expressing any prejudice against any Asian group, is racist for calling out the Chinese government for causing this pandemic to spread due to early inaction, in a resolution specifically praising Chinese people?

Um, okay.

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This really isn't that hard.

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Calling Moulton a racist for this, absent any proof.

But here we are, Gaffin comparing Moulton to Nazi propagandists and a bunch of you supporting the claim because, well, that's the best thing to do at this time.

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at the very least, in a time where the GOP’s rhetoric and trump’s will are one and the same, it seems questionable that moulton would co-write a controversial bill with a republican, see it sponsored by 40 republicans, and refuse to rethink his position when asked to by an asian american representative of his own party.

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Congress passes resolutions calling out the failings of governments all the time. Seeing how this failing is affecting the entire planet, I'd say it's not a bad thing.

What happened is that someone caught wind of members of the House blaming the Communist Party of China for all of this, and they decided to spin things. Then others followed suit.

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Our own government's complete failure to contain this virus is going to cause a lot more damage to the world than the Chinese government's.

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Being the GOP's useful idiot. I don't understand how you can't see it from this perspective. It's a bad faith way the GOP can turn and say "See! This isn't racist! It's even bipartisan!"

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Now you are CCP apologist?

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Like all countries, we have a very large population of complete and utter morons. And right now our Moron-American community has been physically assaulting anyone who looks Asian.

Including a 7 year old Burmese boy who was slashed across the face.

What's racist about this is that it will embolden our Moron-American community to step up the violence. When you have a high media profile, you have to bear in mind what effect your actions will have on the Moron-American community and what the consequences will be. `

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Have a link to the story about the Burmese boy? I haven't seen it.

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MIDLAND, Tx. (KOSA) -- The 19-year-old who investigators say stabbed and cut four people at the Midland Sam's Club Saturday told police he was attempting to kill a family shopping in the store, according to an arrest affidavit.
. . .
Pictures posted on Facebook show that the father and his son were cut very badly across their faces. The son, who is very young, has a cut reaching from behind his ear all the way across to his eye.

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We have to be concerned about effects, not just plausible deniability afforded by the strict interpretation of legislation. Threats, harassment and acts of violence against Asian and Asian-American people is happening now. That's the real world. And in the real world, this legislation stands exactly zero chance of extracting anything from China. Nothing of tangible benefit or even moral satisfaction will come from it. It does no good and contributes to harm. Now, are you still gonna argue that there's nothing wrong with it?

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Threats, harassment and acts of violence against Asian and Asian-American people is happening now. That's the real world.

Could you share any links to confirm an increase in these incidents happening? My peers in law enforcement and friends at 911 aren't aware of this but perhaps they missed it. This goes for Asian-American officers who aren't aware of any uptick in these crimes either. Awful if true but worse if fake news.

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What he means is, none of his "friends" in "law enforcement" called him up to specifically alert him to the fact that this was happening, ergo, it is not happening. Q.E.D.

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...about the "Asian-American officers" of your acquaintance who "aren't aware of any uptick in these crimes". Provide links to their statements.

My peers in law enforcement and friends at 911 aren't aware of this but perhaps they missed it.

Yeah, my imaginary friends miss a lot of what happens in the real world too.

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My peers in law enforcement and friends at 911 aren't aware of this but perhaps they missed it.

Probably because they haven't worked since the shopping mall closed.

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this from the dolt who constantly whines about the abundance of left-wing violence

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But I dont see anything racist in this resolution.

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Maybe you will.

Then again, why stop there? We should officially refer to the 2009 H1N1 virus as the US Owned Hog Waste Lagoon NAFTA virus. Similarly, the 1918 outbreak will henceforth be known as the Shithole in Kansas Pandemic, and the 1996 hantavirus outbreak as America's Got Plague!

I could continue ...

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You are an unbearable doucherocket
I read the resolution and see nothing racist in it therefore I must be a racist?
F**k Off

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Racism? Just stop, please. China is the factual answer to at least three of the 5 W's of journalism in the virus origin story. Have we abandoned the truths of the 5 W's?

Who: Chinese doctors first warned of the virus eminating from Wuhan, China.
Where: wet market or bio-research lab, both in Wuhan, China.
Why: China officials punished MD's who attempted to stop the virus early on.

With these facts established, what is the real reason behind the media/left effort to intentionally mislead, protect China and brand truthtellers as racist? It's always amusing when white liberals make unauthorized declarations on behalf of oppressed groups even while most Chinese and Asian-Americans are furious with the Chinese government for lying. Just as the left is doing here. Is there any tangible evidence of an uptick of attacks on Asian-Americans when the streets are deserted? Life expectancy will surely increase thanks to the virus. Joe Biden is correct, a cure would be worse!

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Life expectancy will surely increase thanks to the virus. Joe Biden is correct, a cure would be worse!

Thanks for including that one tell-tale piece that let's us all know that you'd not an idiot, you're just joking.

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Until you show me proof that China deliberately released this virus, however, it's pointless to "blame" them for anything. Unless you're willing to consider reparations for the descendants of people who died from the "Spanish" flu now that we know it started here (either in Kansas or right here in Massachusetts).

Moulton's proposed resolution will do nothing but escalate violence against Asian-Americans. Scapegoating has a long tradition in American and western tradition. Have we learned nothing?

Why is he so insistent on introducing this resolution? On the one hand, I shouldn't care, because, fortunately, he's not my representative. On the other hand, he's at best, helping Republicans further a racist campaign to divert attention from the real issues we have to deal with now: Where is the declaration to get more supplies to medical workers?

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Liberals should tread carefully in their zeal to hold Communist China blameless. Doesn't that undermine the call for slavery reparations in the US by validating the claim that no American alive today "intentionally" participated in the harm caused by slavery? Meanwhile the same Communist Chinese leaders who covered up the Wuhan virus are still alive and well but immediately deemed not reponsible by the US left. You can't make this stuff up!

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China publicly disclosed the virus back in November 2019 and there where thousands of article printed about it and their efforts to save their own people.

Meanwhile, Trump does nothing to prepare America and claims it's not any worse than the flu.

Come March 2020 it becomes obvious that Trump's lack of preparation -- or even willingness to admit it's a serious illness -- is going to cost America trillions and tens of thousands of lives.

And yet you claim it's China that is covering things up?

Turn off Fox News and learn to read a fucking newspaper, you dope. The only cover up is the one the GOP is trying to pull to hide the fact they were completely unprepared for something hundreds of experts had been predicting was a possibility since December. Countries that prepared (South Korea, Norway) have been in much, much better shape.

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In another six months, I'd say there's a good chance we'll be looking back and wishing that our government had behaved a lot more like the Communist Chinese government in terms of their reaction to this virus.

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Remember Li Wenliang? The doctor who was silenced for alerting people to the virus?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/08/opinions/coronavirus-bociurkiw/index.html

That said, no reason for Moulton to introduce this bill.

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You're a barking racist idiot. NO ONE manufactured this virus. NO ONE deliberately spread it. The Chinese government mishandled the crisis, like many governments, notably including your own idol the Bumbler in Chief Trump.

Getting through this is going to be hard enough. We will need every bit of community spirit we have. You are antithetical to that. You've never seen a dogwhistle that you didn't want to blow. You are the worst kind of muckraking intellectually dishonest shitposter. You are actively harmful to the common good. You are long past your sell-by date. Self-isolate and shut the fuck up.

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What I've read is that there really is no consensus where it originated, but that it spread rapidly, to a large extent due to WW1.

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negligent!

PAY UP CHINA! We want Hong Kong back and we are taking Taiwan.

That's asshole tax bitches.

Where is Judge Judy?

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The suggestion that the virus was created in a biolab is a 100% lie and bullshit.

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So to stop informally blaming China we should formally blame China?

Speaking as a Medford resident (the birthplace of Gypsy Moths and Mike Bloomberg) it's probably best we don't go around blaming other countries for the destructive things that inadvertently originated there.

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But at least Medford isn't responsible for "Little Drummer Boy". I think.

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The resolution states it

"condemns China for making “multiple, serious mistakes” in its response to the new coronavirus, including the government downplaying the risks of the virus, censoring medical professionals and expelling journalists."

Trump expelled Chinese journalists, downplayed the risks, has and continues to make serious mistakes and has been censoring scientists during his whole presidency.

And nothing will make Trump less xenophobic, he's been getting caught making xenophobic and racist statements since him and pa got in trouble in the 70s and never stopped.

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(it makes homemade rye bread tasty) I resent it being compared to Moulton.

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I am really happy that "dillweed" may be coming back into the vernacular as a derogatory term.

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In which he somehow thinks he can't blame Trump for anything without first blaming China.

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.. that if the Chinese government had handled things differently on their end, Trump *wouldn't* have blamed the Democrats, attacked journalists, silenced experts and lied about the severity? When this has been his go-to response for just about every situation for the past four years? Honestly, this makes no sense at all.

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Look, I dislike Trump as much as most people on this blog but this whole post is just a massive stretch. I don't see how the first blame for all this falls to anyone BUT the CCP.

Yes, the Trump administration is grossly incompetent. It doesn't change the facts that the Chinese Communist Party completely screwed the globe by trying to cover it up in the first place.

Calling that reality out is not racist, even if some of the unfortunate reactions to CHINESE PEOPLE might be. And yes, Trump is obviously baiting people all over by injecting "China" into everything to distract from his own faults… but it's still entirely reasonable to place the majority of blame here on the Chinese Government, and then our own.

Moulton seems pretty reasonable here in calling out both.

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I am not defending China but if they were so bad at keeping this virus under control then how come we now seem to have more people dying outside of China then inside a country with over a billion people in it?

I do not see the use in this resolution at this moment in time. It is like Mom and Dad bickering about who forgot to buy house insurance in the middle of the living room while the house burns down. I got news for you kiddos, grab the kids and get out of the damn house already. Plenty of time to bicker when the smoke clears.

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Lets make sure in all of this to clarify what we mean by the words "China" and "Chinese." If you use these words in such a way that you're somehow blaming an ethnicity for the virus, you're an irredeemable asshole. If, on the other hand you are using these words as shorthand for the government of the People's Republic of China, fire away. The PRC is a bad actor on a global scale. They put religious minorities in camps, sell dissidents' organs, etc.--no love lost there. That government is, for want of a better word, creepy. Like, East-Germany-level creepy. They deserve all the bad PR they get and more. I don't judge the people of China for their bad government any more than I, as an American, wish to be judged for our own [cough, cough].

Besides, PRC media outlets (and at least some government officials from what I've read) have been busy spreading the baseless conspiracy theory that the virus was intentionally introduced/spread by the U.S. military. I have a hunch that sticks in Mr. Moulton's craw given his service record.

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Just the former Soviet Union, possibly the new Soviet Union, aka Putin's Russia and for that matter the fascist states.

Absolute control and absolute power in a small number of hands is an evil no matter what the label.

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...this virus didn't come out of a lab. And to counter their bullshit by saying, "No, YOUR lab!" is harmful and stupid.

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Agreed on that point. There's enough for which to blame the PRC regime without having to resort to dog whistle conspiracy theories.

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keep your mind on the fact that THIS country was totally unprepared for anything like this, then you are a bigoted charlatan moron, though I hate to lump additional disparagement on bigoted charlatan morons.

Not if, but when we see on the nightly news totally disturbing evidence of the total failure of the for-profit medical system, and whatever negative and economic social outcomes appear from that, we will unfortunately have nobody else to blame but cavedwelling dipshits like this Moulton fool.

It's apparently not a choice to evolve or die, but that's the dichotomy we face

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Is there a material purpose to this resolution? What is the useful or productive purpose of this resolution.

If he can't justify this on the basis of some kind of positive goal then it implicitly borders on playing the blame game. While Mr. Trump loves to blame everyone (except for himself of course) this sort of blaming is unproductive.

Worse, this is exactly being a dog whistle for sending the Trump dogs to attack anyone who looks Chinese (at least to the non-east Asians who think all east Asians look alike).

This kind of blame game is exactly what is needed to stoke the fires of racist bigotry.

Moulton shames himself.

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We'd better hope if China develops a vaccine that they don't withhold it from the U.S. (along with everything else in the supply chain that we are dependent on them for).

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where western manufacturers were afraid of China distributing proprietary vaccines for free.

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There should be a way for congress members to vote remotely while all this is going on. The rest of us are figuring out how to do everything remotely- why can't they?

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Because it’s hackable. And Republicans will pay anyone, especially Russians, to do it.

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So have them join from an approved number to a secure Skype video call? There are ways to do it. Other companies that need security already have these capabilities.

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Is that being born in '78, he was simply too young to author an anti-Congo resolution for the spread of HIV

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Cong. Moulton exhibited some leadership skills by rightly condemning the Chinese Communist Party and their lackies in the WHO for withholding critical data concerning the rapid [exponentiating phase] of COVID-19.

During December the number of cases in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei was manageable through quarantine and tracing. By the time China let the rest of the world know what was beginning to happen and began to crack-down on internal transport -- many hundreds if not thousands of Chinese and others from Hubei had left the immediate area -- many probably unaware of the symptoms or even asymptomatic*1

They seeded the rest of the World. As soon as we learned Pres. Trump put the clamps on travel to/from China which spared us from becoming another Italy.

Had China allowed US CDC and NIH to join the WHO team which was finally allowed to investigate what was happening -- a lot of the death and devastation to the economies of the rest of the world could still have been averted.

Unfortunately -- because of some ill-justified loyalty to Speaker Pelosi or the Democrat Party -- Cong. Moulton then cranked-in the standard fake Demo-Media talking points

Moral of the story:
Cong Moulton was right about the fact China [as a government] lied about the COVID-19 at the time when Millions of People around the world who today are living in fear of either the disease or the economic-collapse could have been saved. They need to compensate the rest of the world for their actions.

*1
From Axios
https://www.axios.com/timeline-the-early-days-of-chinas-coronavirus-outb...

Why it matters: A study published in March*2 indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited.

This timeline, compiled from information reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the South China Morning Post and other sources, shows that China's cover-up and the delay in serious measures to contain the virus lasted about three weeks.

Dec. 10: Wei Guixian, one of the earliest known coronavirus patients, starts feeling ill.

Dec. 16: Patient admitted to Wuhan Central Hospital with infection in both lungs but resistant to anti-flu drugs. Staff later learned he worked at a wildlife market connected to the outbreak.

Dec. 27: Wuhan health officials are told that a new coronavirus is causing the illness.

Dec. 30:
Ai Fen, a top director at Wuhan Central Hospital, posts information on WeChat about the new virus. She was reprimanded for doing so and told not to spread information about it.
Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang also shares information on WeChat about the new SARS-like virus. He is called in for questioning shortly afterward.
Wuhan health commission notifies hospitals of a “pneumonia of unclear cause” and orders them to report any related information.

Dec. 31:
Wuhan health officials confirm 27 cases of illness and close a market they think is related to the virus' spread.
China tells the World Health Organization’s China office about the cases of an unknown illness.

Jan. 1: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat.
An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission orders labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples.

Jan. 2: Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus' complete genetic information. This information is not made public until Jan. 9.

Jan. 9: China announces it has mapped the coronavirus genome.

Jan. 11–17: Important prescheduled CCP meeting held in Wuhan. During that time, the Wuhan Health Commission insists there are no new cases.

Jan. 13: First coronavirus case reported in Thailand, the first known case outside China.

Jan. 14: WHO announces Chinese authorities have seen "no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus."

Jan. 15: The patient who becomes the first confirmed U.S. case leaves Wuhan and arrives in the U.S., carrying the coronavirus.

Jan. 18:
The Wuhan Health Commission announces four new cases.
Annual Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a potluck.

Jan. 19: Beijing sends epidemiologists to Wuhan.

Jan. 20:
The first case announced in South Korea.
Zhong Nanshan, a top Chinese doctor who is helping to coordinate the coronavirus response, announces the virus can be passed between people.

Jan. 21:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the first coronavirus case in the United States.
CCP flagship newspaper People’s Daily mentions the coronavirus epidemic and Xi's actions to fight it for the first time.
China's top political commission in charge of law and order warns that “anyone who deliberately delays and hides the reporting of [virus] cases out of his or her own self-interest will be nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity."

Jan. 23: Wuhan and three other cities are put on lockdown. Right around this time, approximately 5 million people leave the city without being screened for the illness.

Jan. 24–30: China celebrates the Lunar New Year holiday. Hundreds of millions of people are in transit around the country as they visit relatives.

Jan. 24: China extends the lockdown to cover 36 million people and starts to rapidly build a new hospital in Wuhan. From this point, very strict measures continue to be implemented around the country for the rest of the epidemic.

The bottom line: China is now trying to create a narrative that it's an example of how to handle this crisis when in fact its early actions led to the virus spreading around the globe.

*2
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/03/covid-19-china.page

Early and combined interventions crucial in tackling Covid-19 spread in China
Published: 11 March 2020

A study by the University of Southampton examining non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in China shows that a range of early, coordinated and targeted measures are needed to help significantly reduce its spread.

Researchers in the population mapping group WorldPop ran complex modelling, using anonymised data on both human movement and illness onset, to help simulate different outbreak scenarios for cities in mainland China. This allowed them to understand how variations in the timing, level and combinations of interventions affect speed and transmission of the disease.

Findings are available in a preprint paper on medRxiv website.1

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I'll confine myself to just three points.

  1. The next time Moulton exhibits "some leadership skills" will be the first time.
  2. "Seeded" implies deliberate intent. You have no evidence of this outside your fevered imagination.
  3. Largely due to the inaction of Trump and other leading Republicans, we are about to become "another Italy".
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Chinese people are not responsible for this pandemic. Quite the opposite, in fact: many citizens living in Wuhan tried to warn the world in the early days. Just as we Americans live under a government we do not always agree with or trust, the same may be said for people living in China. And the tRUmp administration certainly made decisions that may have mitigated the effect of this pandemic.

However, China is not only hostile to their own citizens; they can often be a hostile player on the world stage as well. After trying to cover up the novel coronavirus/COVID-19, and reportedly further restricting their citizens freedom, China is now trying to spread malicious weaponized propaganda about this virus just as the rest of the world ramps up efforts to combat it. Americans should expect malicious actors to attack us while we're weak & distracted; that seems to be what the country of China is attempting to do, so I am glad our government is paying attention and acting.
AGAIN - THIS IS NOT ANYBODY'S FAULT. DO NOT BE RACIST!!!

I think reading the actual text of the non-binding resolution shows that it includes language that condemns the Chinese government for its treatment of "non ethnic minorities," removal of Western journalists from the country, and calls for "end all forced labor programs." Does America need introspection now? Yes. Does that mean we should ignore everything else? No.

Here is the actual text of the non-binding resolution, linked to the Bill's progress tracker on Congress.gov with the emphasis mostly mine below:
H.Res.907 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People's Republic of China made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which include the Chinese Government's intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists, and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.
H.Res.907 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People’s Republic of China made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID–19 outbreak that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, which include the Chinese Government’s intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists, and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 24, 2020

Mr. Banks (for himself, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Mr. Bucshon, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Loudermilk, Mr. Kelly of Mississippi, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Waltz, Mr. Gonzalez of Ohio, Mr. Riggleman, Mr. Hagedorn, Mr. Norman, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Ms. Stefanik, and Mr. Weber of Texas) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People’s Republic of China made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID–19 outbreak that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, which include the Chinese Government’s intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists, and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.

Whereas Chinese Government records suggest that the first human became infected with COVID–19 on November 17, 2019, in China’s Hubei Province;

Whereas, on December 27, 2019, Zhang Jixian, a doctor from the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Chinese and Western Medicine alerted China’s health authorities that several individuals exhibiting mysterious, flu-like symptoms, were infected with a novel strain of coronavirus;

Whereas Dr. Yu Wenbin and a team of researchers from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden reported that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market greatly contributed to the spread of COVID–19 throughout the city of Wuhan;

Whereas the Chinese Government waited five days after being informed of cases of a dangerous new strain of coronavirus concentrated around Wuhan’s open-air market to shut down of the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan;

Whereas Zhou Xianwang, the mayor of Wuhan, stated that 5,000,000 of Wuhan’s 14,000,000 residents left the city before the Chinese Government imposed a lockdown;

Whereas, on December 30, 2019, Ai Fen, director of Wuhan Central Hospital’s emergency department, shared a diagnostic report on the then unknown COVID–19 virus with a group of doctors through the social media application WeChat;

Whereas, on December 30, 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang, warned his medical school classmates of an outbreak of an unknown SARS-like virus over WeChat;

Whereas, on December 31, 2019, Wuhan Central Hospital authorities formally reprimanded Fei for “spreading rumors” about the virus;

Whereas, on January 1, 2020, an official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission ordered at least one private genomics testing company to cease testing samples of a SARS-like virus from Wuhan and to destroy all existing samples of the virus;

Whereas, on January 3, 2020, Wuhan’s Public Security Bureau detained, questioned and forced Dr. Li Wenliang and seven other doctors to sign a letter confessing he had made “false comments” that “severely disturbed the social order”;

Whereas, on January 3, 2020, the leading public health authority in China, the National Health Commission, directed all Chinese research institutions to cease publicly publishing any information related to a then unknown SARS-like virus, and ordered them to destroy existing samples of the virus or transfer them to approved testing sites;

Whereas the Centers for Disease Control first asked permission to study COVID–19 within China on January 6, 2020, but was barred by the Chinese Government from entering the country until mid-February;

Whereas Chinese authorities first publicly confirmed the existence of COVID–19 on January 9, 2020, 14 days after the presence of a novel strain of coronavirus was internally confirmed;

Whereas China’s National Health Commission publicly denied COVID–19 was person-to-person transmissible until January 15, 2020, despite having uncovered contrary evidence in late December and being alerted of the transmissibility of COVID–19 on January 1, 2020;

Whereas, on January 18, 2020, over 10,000 families attended the city of Wuhan’s annual Lunar New Year Banquet, which was organized and sponsored by the Wuhan city government;

Whereas the People’s Daily, the largest newspaper in China, first reported on the coronavirus on January 21, 2020, nearly a month after the virus was internally confirmed;

Whereas, on February 7, 2020, one month after checking into Wuhan Central Hospital, Dr. Li Wenliang died of a severe case of COVID–19;

Whereas the COVID–19 outbreak has disproportionately harmed China’s persecuted Uyghur Muslim minority as a result of the following actions taken by the Chinese Government

(1) the detention of over 1,000,000 Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in “re-education camps”, whose crowded and unsanitary conditions makes the camps hotspots for viral disease and leave prisoners at an elevated risk of contracting COVID–19;

(2) as reported by Uyghur Human Rights Project, and corroborated by video evidence and Radio Free Asia, an unannounced and strictly enforced quarantine of millions of residents in its predominantly Uyghur Muslim Xinjiang Province around January 24, 2020, resulted in mass starvation and shortages of basic medical supplies; and

(3) on February 25, 2020, Xinhua News Service reported that China had “re-located” 30,000 Uyghur laborers to temporarily shuttered factories in the Hotan prefecture, exposing them to health risks the Chinese Government deemed unacceptable for the ethnically Han majority;

Whereas the Centers for Disease Control, being the premier infectious disease research institution in the world, was well situated at the beginning of the COVID–19 outbreak to both assist China’s response and prepare the United States to handle the virus should it spread internationally;

Whereas China’s National Health Commission failed to include individuals who tested positive for COVID–19 but remained asymptomatic in its daily tally of confirmed COVID–19 cases, hampering American public health authorities’ ability to accurately account for the health risks of infection and spread rate of the virus;

Whereas Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Zhao Lijian, claimed that COVID–19 originated in the United States and that the United States Army brought the virus to Wuhan to wage biological warfare on China;

Whereas other Chinese Government officials including scientists working on China’s COVID–19 response, China’s Ambassador to South Africa and China’s Ambassador to Australia have claimed that there is no evidence that COVID–19 originated in China;

Whereas, on March 4, 2020, Xinhua News Agency, an official mouthpiece of the Chinese Government, published an article threatening to cut off medical supply exports to the United States and “plunge [the United States] into the mighty sea of coronavirus”;

Whereas, on March 17, 2020, China expelled American nationals working at the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times, reducing the spread of reliable information on the COVID–19 outbreak in China; and

Whereas a study by the University of Southampton found that if China had taken action 3 weeks earlier, the spread of coronavirus would be reduced by 95 percent globally: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) calls on the Chinese Government to—

(A) publicly state that there’s no evidence that COVID–19 originated anywhere else but China;

(B) denounce the baseless conspiracy that the United States Army placed COVID–19 in Wuhan;

(C) revoke its expulsion of American journalists;

(D) end its detainment of Uyghur Muslims and other persecuted ethnic minorities; and

(E) end all forced labor programs;

(2) condemns

(A) the Chinese Government’s censorship of doctors and journalists during the early days of the outbreak and particularly its treatment of the deceased Dr. Li Wenliang;

(B) the Chinese Government’s refusal to allow scientists from the Centers for Disease Control to assist its response to COVID–19 for over a month after cooperation was offered, needlessly endangering the lives of its own citizens and hampering the United States early attempts to learn more about COVID–19; and

(C) China’s National Health Commissions’ duplicitous denial of the person-to-person transmissibility of COVID–19; and

(3) calls for the World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to retract highly misleading statements of support for the Chinese Government’s response to COVID–19, especially his praise for the “commitment from [China’s] top leadership, and the transparency they have demonstrated”.

FINAL COMMENT FROM THE OP:
I'm a little disappointed that I saw this story on UHub with so little context, Adam, because I really trust you. Is there a reason you didn't link to the bill on Congress.gov originally? I hope you're OK. I know you are usually more nuanced, and rest assured that I continue to trust & recommend you widely. Be safe.

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Has anyone actually read the resolution?

It's criticizing the Chinese government for, among other things--

Punishing Dr. Li Wenliang and others for publicizing the existence of the virus;

Censoring information about the virus and ordering scientific data be destroyed;

Blocking the CDC from investigating;

Expelling American journalists reporting on the virus;

Their ongoing oppression of the Uyghurs, which is exacerbating the COVID-19 risk among them; and

Spreading numerous stories that would be best described as "fake news" and "conspiracy theories".

This is now considered "racist" attacks on "Chinese"? Criticizing an authoritarian, illiberal government for all manner of oppressive behavior? Every single one of these examples above are things that people who call themselves liberals should be condemning. Yet because Trump in his typical stupidity keeps calling this thing a "Chinese" virus, now anyone supporting condemning the above is labeled racist?

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that with all of the bullshit people are going through right now, this has to be a legislative priority. This dude straight up sucks. Not even enough substance here to precipitate the usual discourse around whether it's incompetence or willful malice.

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The only legitimate part of this "resolution" is the demand (or whatever it is) to:

(C) revoke its expulsion of American journalists;
(D) end its detainment of Uyghur Muslims and other persecuted ethnic minorities; and
(E) end all forced labor programs;

The rest is just bluster and BS. This should be beneath us, but that bar has dropped out a long time ago.

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"Their measure condemns China for making “multiple, serious mistakes” in its response to the new coronavirus, including the government downplaying the risks of the virus, censoring medical professionals and expelling journalists."

So where's the House Resolution blaming President Trump for the spread in the US. He downplayed the risks, ignored medical experts and stopped having White House Press briefings.

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