Convinced that China is out to steal intellectual property, a Republican senator from Arkansas has suggested banning Chinese students from studying advanced scientific and technological fields in the U.S.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who blamed China for “unleashing” the coronavirus, said that he has “little doubt” about Chinese intelligence services actively trying to steal American research toward a vaccine.
A Republican senator has sparked outrage on social media after blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic, joining fellow party members such as President Donald Trump who are still under fire for perpetuating such rhetoric.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who has been representing Texas since 2002, attributed the spread of COVID-19 to Chinese culture, which, according to him, has people eating bats and other animals that supposedly transfer viruses.
It is reportedly a tradition to roast a freshman senator after he or she successfully passes their first bill, but for Democratic state Senator Joe Nguyen, however, the roast hit a more personal note when they made fun of his name.
According to The Stranger, it’s customary for senators to roast those who are new after they have passed their first bill. Democratic Sen. Jeannie Darneille, the report said, “ribbed him for introducing Swedish furniture and televisions in his office” while Sen. Kaiser “complained about the iPad he uses to sign in visitors.”