Collins on the House Floor: House Democrats Refusing to Acknowledge China’s Role in the Pandemic
Calls H. Res. 908 another “blatantly political attempt to take down this President"
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to H. Res. 908, another Democrat messaging bill aimed at attacking President Trump for calling the coronavirus exactly what it is: the China virus. During his remarks, Collins called out House Democrats for refusing to acknowledge China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic and for continually ignoring the real issues plaguing Americans in an effort to criticize President Trump.
Collins also pointed out that many viruses are named for where they originated. Take, for example, the Spanish flu, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Ebola, and the German Measles.
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Remarks as prepared:
Let me be clear – there is no denying where this virus originated: China. And there’s no denying the Chinese Communist Party has done everything in its power to cover up their role in the ongoing pandemic, intentionally mislead the global community, and force their friends at the World Health Organization to do their bidding.
That being said, how is it that Democrats are still refusing to acknowledge China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic? Just recently, a Chinese virologist acknowledged that the coronavirus was released from a Chinese lab in Wuhan. Are we just going to pretend that isn’t a possibility? It seems like that is the route Democrats would like to take – pretend communists in China played absolutely no role in the global pandemic and blame it all on the President.
To be clear, all forms of racism and discrimination are abhorrent, including anti-Asian sentiment. I’ve stood on this very floor many times denouncing any and all forms of hatred. But let’s be honest: that is not what this resolution is really about. This bill is about exactly what this entire Congress has been about: the Democrats ignoring the real issues plaguing Americans just for the opportunity to criticize President Trump.
Despite their overwhelming failure to undermine the Trump Administration through the Russia collusion hoax and the sham impeachment, the Democrat playbook hasn’t changed at all. Now, Democrats are leaning on a global crisis to continue their admonitions, all at the expense of American families and businesses desperate for relief.
Democrats have taken no issue in ignoring the coronavirus’s effects on the ground in favor of criticizing the President. In no left-wing criticism is this dynamic clearer than in their collective offense at President Trump calling the virus the China virus or Wuhan virus.
Democrats would love for the American public to forget all the work this Administration has done to tackle the virus, including shutting down travel from China in the early days of the virus. Instead of applauding this move, Democrats and Joe Biden accused President Trump of “fanning the flames” of “hate, fear and xenophobia."
For the last three years, Democrats have repeatedly claimed that Russia must have something on Donald Trump. But the real question is: what does the Chinese Communist Party have on Joe Biden?
Democrats would also love for the American public to forget that many viruses are named for where they originated – take the Spanish flu, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Ebola, and the German Measles.
President Trump and Republicans have made clear where the blame for this virus belongs – and that’s on the Chinese Communist Party. Refusing to acknowledge this fact is cowardly and failing to address it in the House in favor of political messaging bills like this is nothing more than a blatantly political attempt to take down this President.
I yield back.