“I applaud the president’s decision to hold the World Health Organization to account for its apparent mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis, even as it has brazenly parroted Chinese propaganda. It is gravely immoral for an international body like W.H.O. to conduct itself as it has; its leadership owes the world answers, now. I also call upon governors in all 50 states and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to support the president’s decision with one, collective voice.
“Democrats, in particular, should resist the strategy being deployed by Chinese propagandists — as attempted by the Chinese ambassador to the United States himself in a New York Times editorial — to make these efforts in accountability about race.
“Of course, every actual case of xenophobia and racism must be vigorously condemned and no one should treat the Chinese people or Asian Americans unkindly for the vices of the CCP, but the power of these words should not be diminished by their misuse in an attempt to score political points against a political nemesis.
“It is not racist to call out the malfeasance of W.H.O., which has cost lives, in subservience to the Chinese Communist Party which has cost many more lives because of COVID-19, and (before it) by the internment of the Uighurs, the persecution of journalists and religious leaders, the forced disappearance of dissidents, and, most recently, by enabling overt racism against immigrants of color in cities like Guangzhou.”