Failed presidential candidate and former Democrat Governor of Vermont Howard Dean has endorsed the Chinese sanctions against GOP Senators, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marcio Rubio.
Dean also wants the duly elected senators expelled from the United States.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Dean tweeted support for Beijing’s decision to impose economic sanctions on 11 U.S. legislators and human-rights activists, including Republican senators Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The measures are in response to the Trump administration’s decision to sanction top Hong Kong officials for participating in Beijing’s crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.
We’d like to sanction them too.,Can we send them to Beijing permanently. https://t.co/TaGBtWoUb1
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) August 10, 2020
The former Democratic leader published the tweet after Chinese authorities arrested Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai on Monday and raided the newsroom of Apple Daily, a pro-democracy newspaper owned by Lai.
Dean, who ran for president in 2004 and was DNC chairman from 2005 to 2009, serves as a senior adviser to the public policy division of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. The company, which merged with China’s largest law firm Dacheng in 2015, has significant business interests in China. The Intercept reported that the merger allowed Chinese clients to access Dean and other politically connected Americans that are on Dentons’s payroll.
Dean is the latest Democrat to introduce domestic partisan squabbles to debates over America’s foreign relations with China. During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Democrats led by Rep. Judy Chu (D., Calif.) rallied against a bipartisan House bill that condemned the Chinese government’s handling of the pandemic, pressuring the bill’s Democratic cosponsor into withdrawing his support for the legislation. Chu then claimed that the bill imperiled the lives of Asian Americans by linking the outbreak to China.
Dean’s vocal support for the Chinese Communist Party has yet to face condemnation from any Democrat leaders.