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Obama-Biden Ambassador To China: ‘China Bashing’ Over Coronavirus ‘Like Hitler In The 30s’

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 28, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Baucus, who was nominated by President Barack Obama, will become the next U.S. ambassador to China if confirmed by the Senate.
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Max Baucus, who was the U.S. Ambassador to China during the Obama-Biden administration, defended the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a CNN interview on Wednesday, saying that strong “rhetoric” criticizing China for its alleged lies over the coronavirus outbreak was “a little bit like Hitler in the 30s.”

“This is not rocket science. Here’s what really concerns me, the administration rhetoric is so strong against China it’s over the top,” Baucus said. “We are entering kind of an era which is similar to Joe McCarthy back when he was red-baiting [the] State Department in attacking communism [and] a little bit like Hitler in the 30s in that a lot of people knew what was going on was wrong, they knew it was wrong, but they didn’t stand up and say anything about it, they felt intimidated.”

“And now, in the United States, if anybody says anything reasonable about China, he or she feels intimidated, alright? His head’s going to be chopped off,” Baucus continued. “And back in the 30s in Germany it was very similar, people who were responsible in the U.S. and responsible in Germany couldn’t speak up, and I worry that some of that is happening now and it’s very dangerous, and I think it’s happening in part because the Republican administration and Donald Trump realizes the economy is not doing well probably because of the coronavirus and they therefore have to pivot, they have to blame somebody, and they’re blaming China.”

Later, when pressed by the host if he was serious, Baucus said, “this China bashing is irresponsible and we’re going to pay a price the more it continues.”

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OBAMA-BIDEN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA MAX BAUCUS: This is not rocket science. Here’s what really concerns me, the administration rhetoric is so strong against China it’s over the top. We are entering kind of an era which is similar to Joe McCarthy back when he was red-baiting [the] State Department in attacking communism [and] a little bit like Hitler in the 30s in that a lot of people knew what was going on was wrong, they knew it was wrong, but they didn’t stand up and say anything about it, they felt intimidated.

And now, in the United States, if anybody says anything reasonable about China, he or she feels intimidated, alright? His head’s going to be chopped off. And back in the 30s in Germany it was very similar, people who were responsible in the U.S. and responsible in Germany couldn’t speak up and I worry that some of that is happening now and it’s very dangerous and I think it’s happening in part because the Republican administration and Donald Trump realizes the economy is not doing well probably because of the coronavirus and they therefore have to pivot, they have to blame somebody, and they’re blaming China and it’s going to be very difficult to get back on track after the election, whoever’s elected.

CNN HOST: Ok, before I go, the comparison you’re making here between the current U.S. atmosphere in Washington and Germany in the 30s, that’s a very, that’s very, you know, kind of, are you being provocative or do you really believe that there are parallels?

BAUCUS: I think we are moving in that direction and I’m not saying we’re there yet, but there are a lot of very responsible people in America who know that this China bashing is irresponsible and we’re going to pay a price the more it continues, that’s what I’m saying. But they’re afraid to speak up.

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