Crenshaw doesn’t mince words over China’s threats: ‘Chinese Communist Party can go straight to hell!’

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw didn’t hold back his real thoughts when it came to Communist China’s incessant threats over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ill-timed and provocative visit to Taiwan.

After the ChiComs threatened that the visit would have a “severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations,” Crenshaw (R-Texas) decided to respond in kind.

“The Chinese Communist Party can go straight to hell,” he fired back on Twitter. “You don’t tell us when our elected representatives can visit other countries, as they always have, since our nation’s inception. No amount of toddler-esque saber rattling will change that.”

“Toddler-esque” indeed. The heated rhetoric comes amid a period of heightened tensions between the US and China, as Pelosi’s plane touched down in Taiwan during the House Speaker’s tour of the Far East. The timing of Pelosi’s visit is somewhat unusual, as American foreign policy strategy appears to be crumbling around the world—after last year’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan, and as Putin’s Russia slowly digests the former American satellite of Ukraine, it seems reckless, at best, to provoke the Chinese into what could be a Pacific conflict with global and existential implications for both parties.

Upon news of Pelosi’s arrival in Taipei, Beijing announced a series of live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait; this comes after Chinese warplanes were seen near Taiwanese airspace prior to her visit.

China’s foreign ministry has protested the visit, claiming that it “seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Meanwhile, according to France 24, China’s defense ministry promised to launch “targeted military operations.”

“The Chinese military announced joint air and sea drills near Taiwan starting on Tuesday night and test launch of conventional missiles in the sea east of Taiwan,” the news outlet reported, “with Chinese state news agency Xinhua describing live-fire drills and other exercises around Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday.”

More direct threats were issued from Chairman Xi Jinping himself, who reportedly told Joe Biden that “[t]hose who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the U.S. will be clear-eyed about this.” Expecting the US to be clear-eyed about anything under the Biden regime is a lot to ask.

It’s not the first time Crenshaw has run afoul of the Chinese government. In May 2020 it was revealed that Communist China was targeting certain Republican politicians, Crenshaw among them, for criticizing China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic and asking uncomfortable questions about the virus’ origins.

At the time, Crenshaw was clear about where he felt the blame for the pandemic truly lay.

“They allowed this virus to spread,” Crenshaw explained. “They knew it would spread; they spread false talking points like it won’t spread from human to human contact. They didn’t let scientists in to investigate. They actually disappeared doctors who tried to blow the whistle. The number of deaths and infections they hid.”

It’s safe to say there’s little love lost between Crenshaw and the People’s Republic.


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