Scott: Taxpayers Should Support ‘American Businesses Over Chinese Products’ Amid Hong Kong Protests

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A Republican lawmaker from Florida called for American taxpayers to boycott “Chinese products” amid the circulation of rumors that the Chinese government might militarily intervene in the pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said on Tuesday that “China’s aggression” toward the protesters in Hong Kong warranted losing the “support” of the American taxpayers and called for people to support “American businesses” instead of “Chinese products.”

“American taxpayers cannot continue to support China’s aggression, and must start supporting American businesses over Chinese products,” Scott said. “This is about protecting human rights.”

The Florida Republican went on to claim that mainland China “is attempting” to halt the “prosperity and remaining political freedom of Hong Kong” and that America and the other “freedom-loving nations” of the world need to be ready to “defend freedom” in Hong Kong should the violence escalate.

“Right now, China is attempting to put an end to the prosperity and remaining political freedom of Hong Kong. The United States, and all the freedom-loving nations around the world, must stand ready to swiftly move to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong.”

U.S. lawmakers have warned that they would take another look at legislation that gives Hong Kong its special status if the mainland Chinese government moves to support a harder push against the protesters.

Officials from the government of China have pushed back on the lawmakers’ shots, with the spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Hua Chunying, demanding the U.S. “mind [its] own business and stay out of Hong Kong affairs” on Tuesday

“I cannot help asking the relevant senators and House representatives: Are you lawmakers or law-breakers?” said Chunying. “We solemnly remind you this plain truth: Hong Kong affairs are entirely China’s internal affairs, and you are neither entitled nor qualified to wantonly comment on them. Mind your own business and stay out of Hong Kong affairs.”

The protests in Hong Kong have entered into their tenth week after being sparked over a proposed extradition law that would allow for mainland Chinese officials to take fugitives in Hong Kong into custody.

The legislation has been shelved by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, but she has refused to kill the bill.

Hong Kong is seriously wounded,” said Lam on Tuesday. “Let’s set aside differences and spend one minute to look at our city and our home. Could we bear to push it into an abyss where everything will perish?”

As IJR News previously reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tweeted that “any violent crackdown” by the Chinese government against the protesters “would be completely unacceptable.”

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Sherri
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I boycott all I can that comes from China. I look at where things are made and put it down unless there are no other choices.

Carl Wisnesky Sr.
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We should all try to buy products made in the USA when possible, even if the items cost a bit more. Remember the words of JFK: “Ask not what your country can do for you; rather ask what you can do for your country.”

Sometimes one must do a bit of research to find out what is made in the USA. Example: Some Toyotas are made in the USA while some GM cars are made in Canada or Mexico.

Anna Ostby
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We need to stay out of Hong Kong and allow the people there to fix it as for buying American products I try to do it every time I spend my money but it is hard because most stuff is China made or some other South Asian third world country.

Janet
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Janet

Especially clothes, cars, house products, food, medicines, pills, or anything else.

William Conley
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William Conley

I say if China wants to step up we can’t back down it shows weakness and as number 1 you lead with strength regardless of the cost. Would it lead to a likely conflict with China sure, but we win that fight 10 out of 10 times they can’t equip or feed half their population they can’t win a battle of attrition. They couldn’t even win a battle of outright force against sheer force they would have to resort to nukes and Russia would take that chance to nuke China or invade by other means and annex whatever they could… Read more »

Kevin Jackson
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Kevin Jackson

What? Are we going to start another Vietnam war in Hong Kong, destroying the place and those that live there, not to mention killing a bunch of Chinese troops, Hong Kong residents and American servicemen?
Great plan idiot.

Otis
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Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a Gulf of Tonkin situation; although contrived, that led the Vietnam War and that did not work out well. The communist Chinese on the other hand, are a mighty force and despite our superiority, the cost of life would be enormous. The North Koreans and Iraniacs would take full advantage, along with others. World War III would make WW II look like a stroll through Candyland. Humans have the ability to destroy Earth as we know it many times over. Some say the commies would not risk that scenario coming to pass, but we… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

Let’s the rest of the nations get involved. United States should be minding and tending to their own business
Yep it sounds shitty but we will help today and tomorrow they will hate us
Let’s take care of the Home front first

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