'Moron' Tom Cotton slammed after bizarre remarks suggesting China might take DNA from US Olympic athletes
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) recently faced blowback for his bizarre remarks suggesting China may collect the DNA of U.S athletes who participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics.
In a letter written to President Joe Biden, Cotton expressed concern about the upcoming winter event and how it could have "unique challenges for the safety, security, and privacy of Americans who attend."
"In 2022, thousands of world-class athletes will gather to compete in China," The Arkansas senator said. "Their DNA will present an irresistible target for the [Chinese Communist Party]."
He added, "Thus, we should expect that the Chinese government will attempt to collect genetic samples of Olympians at the Games, perhaps disguised as testing for illegal drugs or COVID-19."
Cotton also expressed concern about the event when he spoke from the Senate floor.
If the safety, security, and privacy of our athletes cannot be guaranteed, the United States must adopt a total and complete boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.pic.twitter.com/G6mmTLutmQ— Tom Cotton (@Tom Cotton) 1623793897
Twitter users quickly sounded off and compared him to Rep. Majority Greene who hA made a career for herself on the strength of baseless QAnon theories. Some quickly noted that there was never a safety concern for previous Olympic events in China. "He realizes they drug test at the Olympics and have for years? Did he have this concern during China's last Olympics?" one Twitter user wrote.
He realizes they drug test at the Olympics and have for years? Did he have this concern during China's last Olympics?— Zander, Donate at www.fairfight.com! (@Zander, Donate at www.fairfight.com!) 1623790693
So Cotton's strategy for the 2024 election is to go completely off the deep end. Got it.— Paul Jacobson (@Paul Jacobson) 1623792304
Another user wrote, "What a complete effing more=on! Any testing going on will be handled by a medical team with chain of custody so it's known where the blood specimens are at all times! This is not a 2-bit dog & pony show!"
What a complete effing more=on! Any testing going on will be handled by a medical team with chain of custody so it's known where the blood specimens are at all times! This is not a 2-bit dog & pony show!— Diana Morrison (@Diana Morrison) 1623796058
pic.twitter.com/cf6bRm143l— Laura Walker \u2696\ud83c\udf78\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc63\udb40\udc74\udb40\udc7f (@Laura Walker \u2696\ud83c\udf78\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc63\udb40\udc74\udb40\udc7f) 1623790611
The really embarrassing part is that they keep getting elected to return to office.— Luke Sheppard loves #TheExpanse (@Luke Sheppard loves #TheExpanse) 1623807851
Has Tom Cotton ever worried that someone will find he got his college degree from Trump University?— dbWrasslin (@dbWrasslin) 1623818909
I was going to mockingly ask if he thinks China will use athlete DNA to breed genetically enhanced super soldiers and\u2026 he actually thinks that? Wow. Just wow.pic.twitter.com/aP5jugMebV— Patrick (@Patrick) 1623817386
The Hill requested comments regarding Cotton's letter. However, the White House and U.S. State Department have not yet responded to that request.
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