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Correction: This has been corrected to reflect that McConnell’s ties to China stem from his father-in-law, not his stepfather.
Political writer Peter Schweizer’s latest book reportedly accuses 20 current and former GOP members of having essentially sold out to China.
Released late last month, “Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win” has attracted attention thus far mainly for its bombshells about President Joe Biden and his extremely wealthy family.
But also contained within the book is a treasure trove of bombshells about elected Republicans, ranging from current Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell to former President George H.W. Bush.
Regarding McConnell, Schweizer reportedly writes that the Senate leader and his wife both “enjoy some of the deepest and most abiding ties to Beijing- linked entities of anyone in Washington, D.C.”
In a recent interview with the Tallahassee Democrat, he put it even more bluntly: “If Mitch McConnell takes a firm stand against China in the Senate, they could destroy the family business overnight. That’s the kind of leverage I think Beijing wants.”
Citing the info in Schweizer’s book, Breitbart reported last week that McConnell’s ties to China “mostly stem from” his father-in-law’s “massive shipping business … which has built the family’s fortune by sharing a close financial relationship with China-owned companies like the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).”
Scariest book I’ve ever worked on. Release date: January 25th. pic.twitter.com/aqR6LxmbON
— Peter Schweizer (@peterschweizer) January 12, 2022
Regarding H.W. Bush, though his ties reportedly began before he even became vice president to Ronald Reagan, they “flourished” once he took office in 1989.
“Prescott Bush, Bush Sr.’s brother, met with Chinese officials in Beijing in February 1989 just days before the president was set for an official visit. Prescott’s meeting helped close the deal to build a golf club in Shanghai, China for non-Chinese business executives when they were visiting the country,” according to Breitbart.
“Prescott also met with Chinese officials, on that same trip, to push for the creation of a communications network across China. Prescott was trying to secure the deal on behalf of New York-based Asset Management International Financing and Settlement Ltd. which had been paying him $250,000 a year.”
Months later, “Bush Sr. lifted U.S. restrictions on exporting satellite technologies to China — a boon for Prescott’s client, Asset Management.”
Prescott also reportedly launched the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce, “which exists to this day and has sought to further tether the U.S. economy to China.”
Prescott bush helped form the usccc ? pic.twitter.com/3P5igSrNdv
— joe (@deplorable1980) December 16, 2020
Schweizer’s book also lists connections between China and
- former House Speaker John Boehner,
- former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott,
- former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour,
former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad,
- former Sens. David Vitter, Normal Coleman, William Cohen, Tim Hutchinson,
- former Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Ed Royce, Jeff Dehman, Lee Terry, Jack Kingston, Cliff Stearns, Charles Boustany, Connie Mack IV, Jon Christensen.
Speakingwith The Daily Signal last week, Schweizer explained how these connections — which certainly do occur between China and Democrats as well — usually form.
“Oftentimes, these deals come through family members, through a spouse or through a spouse’s family. If you are friendly to Beijing, or they want to ‘capture’ you, as it were, they will give you very, very lucrative deals that can make you enormously wealthy,” he said.
“If you look at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, you look at Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican of Kentucky, in both instances, their families, their extended families have received hundreds of millions of dollars in deals from Beijing.”
But just as there are sellouts on both sides of the political aisle, there too are Republicans and Democrats willing to fight back.
“Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have been consistently tough, as have Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, Chris Coons and Joe Manchin,” Schweizer reportedly writes in his book.
As for the public’s role in all this, he believes it’s necessary for them to “publicize” all the bombshells he’s uncovered and, more importantly, shame the guilty parties.
“I think the first thing we need to do is, we need to publicize and provide the scrutiny that allows people to know that this is going on. A lot of people are stunned when they hear about this. It just has not been widely reported enough,” he told The Daily Signal.
“I think we then need to go from exposure to, in a sense, shaming, in a way, these political figures that are engaging in this behavior. I think there are good people on Capitol Hill who have a very clear-eyed, sober view of Beijing and the threat that it represents.”
But about China, though?
In an interview this week with Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, he called for the U.S. to “decapitate” the communist nation’s leadership.
“Instead of going head-to-head with them, why don’t we just basically decapitate their leadership? Why don’t we co-opt them and get the leadership to the point where they’re not going to take action against us because it’ll be to their personal financial detriment?”
But with a Chinese-linked president like Biden in office, this seems unlikely to happen …
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