December 12, 2020

ROGER SIMON: The Democrats Are the Party of China.

The Democrats are the party of China, meaning the Chinese Communist Party, not the Chinese people, who seem to be of little interest to them.

That disinterest includes not just millions of Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Falun Gong practitioners, well known to have faced various forms of extreme malevolence from concentration camps to forced organ transplants, but just about any citizen of the country who evinces a public inclination for democracy.

The Democrats have been the party of this China for some time, even before the Obama administration when the relationship rose to a new level.

The endless talk of Trump-Russia collusion that began at the end of that administration and went on for three years, that anybody paying attention knew was fallacious from the start, was as an attempt to derail Donald Trump but also served as an ongoing and, at least partly, deliberate distraction from the real issue at the crux of global politics.

That issue is, of course, the Chinese communist’s desire for world domination, far more threatening than the relatively weak, impecunious, and shrinking (in population) Russia.

Intimate Connection

Many of us have known or suspected the intimate Democrat-China connection for a long time. Joe Biden all but spelled it out early in the campaign when he informed us “folks” that China “was not the enemy,” before he had to walk it back for appearance’s sake.

Not that that was of much moment to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) who had a Chinese agent as her chauffeur for twenty years and whose husband Richard Blum made a fortune in the People’s Republic. (Former president Jiang Zemin was their Thanksgiving guest.)

Nor would it have disturbed Michael Bloomberg (D-N.Y., sometimes) who made even more of a fortune, a spectacular one, in fact, from his cooperation and kind words about the Chinese totalitarian regime that allowed him to distribute his real-time stock trading “Bloomberg Boards” throughout the most populous country in the world.

But these famous people are likely just the “tip of the iceberg,” in the words Richard Grenell used on “Hannity” Wednesday to describe the latest Democrat-China scandal.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, Democratic congressman from California’s 15th district, was implicated in a Chinese “honey pot”-style spy situation with one Fang Fang, known locally as Christine Fang, an agent of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).

Swalwell’s district, as the congressman brags on his own website, has more PhD’s than any other district in the United States, underscoring what William F. Buckley said years ago about preferring to be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard professorate.

Mr. Swalwell—who never seemed to have met a television camera he didn’t like and is married with two young children—ran for president earlier in 2019 to little avail. He now seems destined for oblivion—we can hope.

But what of the rest of the “iceberg” to which Grenell refers? The FBI, after the presidential election, of course, more of that in a bit, has isolated other Chinese “honey trap” targets among California officials. Apparently the young ladies made the very liberal, tech heavy Bay Area a territory of special interest.

Grenell, who, it will be remembered, was recently acting Director of National Intelligence and therefore had access to a great deal of confidential information, had considerably more to say.

“Eric Swalwell did exactly what the Chinese wanted,” he told Sean Hannity Wednesday. “We need to figure out, are there others? And I can tell you without giving away too much intelligence, this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the leverage that China is putting on our politicians. There are many, many more,” adding, “There’s a variety of mayors, governors, senior people.”

The Democrats have long been the Party of China, but it was nice of Hunter and “Mr. Kiss Kiss Fang Fang” to make it official.

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