In the wake of the personal and economic devastation wrought by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and government efforts to contain its spread, one candidate for Congress has released an ad arguing China must pay a hefty price for the damage it’s inflicted on America.
On Wednesday, small businesswoman and Republican activist Kathaleen Wall released her latest television ad accusing the Chinese government of being complicit in the spread of the virus—a point that was given serious credibility earlier this week as U.S. intelligence officials concluded the nation has lied about the infection rate and lethality of the disease.
By a lot.
According to Daily Mail on Sunday, British scientists briefed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and warned China could have underreported its coronavirus spread “by a factor of 15 to 40 times.” At the time, China reported 81,439 cases.
Wall says that cannot stand.
“China poisoned our people,” begins her TV spot that later says she will work to cut off trade, aid, and support to China and fight to replace “Made in China” with “Made in America.”
Wall then goes further, saying of the communist country, “China is a criminal enterprise masquerading as a sovereign nation.”
“It’s time to fight back,” Wall’s ad concludes.
Wall isn’t the only one to argue that businesses that have moved to China should be repatriated. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has also argued the pandemic should be the cause of returning businesses that have moved to China back to the United States.
“We need to look at all the other supply chains that we have in China that we should bring back to the United States,” Cotton told Fox News earlier this week.
Wall is a Republican candidate for Texas’s 22nd Congressional District and faces off against Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls in the postponed runoff election in July. The district is Republican-leaning, but will be targeted by Democrats as an opportunity seat in the November election.