This is totally unhelpful. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton closed his Washington, D.C. office today, due to the coronavirus, and here is a part of what he posted on his website.
We are a great people. We rise to every challenge, we vanquish every foe, and we come through adversity even better than before. I have every confidence America will once again marshal the resolve, toughness, and genius of our people to overcome the serious threat to our health and well-being posed by the Wuhan coronavirus. We will emerge stronger from this challenge, we will hold accountable those who inflicted it on the world, and we will prosper in the new day.” [Emphasis mine.]
Cotton had earlier shared on Fox News a debunked conspiracy theory that the virus was developed in a lab in Wuhan. He accused the Chinese of “dishonesty and duplicity from the beginning.” You notice he also referred to this as the “Wuhan coronavirus.” And it gets nuttier still. Cotton is not only blaming the Chinese government for something that they had nothing to do with, Cotton is using the occasion of the coronavirus to trash Joe Biden. National Review:
And Joe Biden? Well, he’s on China’s side — not yours. […]
It should have been a warning on more fronts than one when President Obama recruited Biden to his ticket to buttress his credibility on foreign policy; unsurprisingly, there was no about-face on Beijing. As the Chinese Communist Party gained strength and Xi Jinping seized absolute power, Biden continued to push for closer ties and even more trade. As for American workers? In February 2012, in friendly remarks with Xi standing next to him, Biden praised Beijing as a “new partner” that would help to meet “global challenges,” and said Americans “welcome this competition. . . . It pushes our companies to develop better products and services and our government to craft better policies.” Millions of American jobs were disappearing as he spoke, and the militarization of the South China Sea was just around the corner.
And you knew this was coming — Cotton is trashing Hunter Biden as well. One would think Hunter was running for president and not Joe, with all the Republicans out to get him.
While warmer ties with China were devastating American workers and threatening our national security, they have been very good for the Biden family. Reporters thought it unusual when Hunter Biden, Biden’s prodigal son, accompanied him on a trip to Beijing in 2013. That same year, Hunter joined the board of a Shanghai-based private equity firm. In 2017, a few months after his father left office, he invested a substantial chunk of his own money in the company. We don’t know what he’s made off the deal, but I expect Hunter is doing better than laid-off workers in Arkansas or Delaware. Must be nice.
This is Tom Cotton’s rhetoric, that China and Joe Biden are ganging up on Americans, do you love it? And it gets worse still. Cotton’s taking out an anti-Biden ad in Ohio.
Cotton has suggested coronavirus might have come from a Chinese “super-lab” near Wuhan
today the senator from Arkansas is launching an ad in Ohio accusing Joe Biden of being “weak on China” https://t.co/fVTnKU4O13
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 12, 2020
Actually, this isn’t that strange. Trump was claiming that Obama was responsible for the coronavirus and now the mantle has passed to Joe Biden via some attenuated relationship with the Chinese — I guess. It’s hard to follow the “logic” of either Trump or Cotton, probably because it isn’t there to begin with. But clearly, Tom Cotton is down on China for a lot of things and Joe Biden is a big part of that. Bear in mind, Tom Cotton was all in favor of buying Greenland. That should tell you everything you need to know.