Leading Republican party figures have disowned social media influencers who have accepted money from the Chinese communist regime to promote the Beijing Olympics, accusing them of ‘advocating’ genocide.
Some of the potential Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency in 2024 issued strong statements against those people with influence in the media and social networks who accept money from the Chinese regime to promote their propaganda on a global scale.
Fox News reported that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas were among those who commented on the matter.
The Republicans’ comments followed the release of a Washington Free Beacon report earlier this week denouncing the Chinese regime for its campaign to pay influential people to promote the Olympics after the U.S., Australia, and Canada launched a diplomatic boycott.
Haley said in a statement Thursday, Dec. 16, that Americans should take note of people who take money from the communist nation to promote the questionable Olympics and at the same time denounced anyone taking money from China for ignoring the ongoing genocide against Uighur Muslims in the country.
“Americans should take the names of any celebrity or influencer being paid by the Chinese government to promote the Olympics,” Haley told Fox News.
“To put it plainly, anyone who’s receiving a paycheck from President Xi is turning a blind eye to human rights and condoning the genocide of millions of Uyghurs,” she continued.
Senator Cruz also spoke to Fox News and said that the world is paying attention to the atrocities in Xinjiang, regardless of the stream of propaganda coming out of Beijing.
“No amount of propaganda on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party will distract from the fact the CCP is engaged in an ongoing genocide and is guilty of a multitude of human rights abuses,” Cruz said in a statement.
For his part, Senator Cotton, who is known to be a staunch critic of the Chinese communist regime said he was not surprised by the CCP’s plan but advised those receiving money to learn about the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
“The Chinese Communist Party regularly infiltrates American universities and corporations—it’s no surprise that they’re attempting to bribe ‘influencers’ to spread propaganda,” Cotton told Fox News in a Thursday email. “I would encourage any influencer cozying up to the CCP to familiarize themselves with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the Chinese consulate in New York City hired the public relations firm Vippi Media to execute the influencer campaign.
Documentation filed with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Vippi Media will hire prominent Instagram, TikTok, and Twitch users to the tune of $300,000 to promote the games and ‘promote cooperation between China and the United States on matters of mutual interest.’
The firm’s founder, Vipp Jaswal, told the Washington Free Beacon that it has not yet chosen the influencers to be used for the campaign.