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Say What!? Peters Originally Praised China’s Response To Coronavirus

Gary Peters, who claims to be holding China accountable for pandemic failures, was impressed by China’s COVID-19 response and said the U.S. faced “low risk”

After repeatedly praising China at the start of the global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Gary Peters probably wishes he could have his words back.

Peters, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in an appearance on Fox News on February 12th that, “Certainly, the Chinese government has instituted some very, very aggressive actions…”

Peters also went on to say that, “the risk right now to the United States is very low...”

Later, on a March 20th Morning Joe interview, Peters continued his praise of China and its economy, saying, “We’ve gotta be doing that same kind of thing here.” 

Peters spent heavily on television ads saying he has held China accountable for questionable economic activities that put Michigan’s economy at risk. The truth is Peters skipped 89% of China accountability committee hearings in Congress and skipped 84% of small business committee hearings, failing to protect Michigan workers.

And, as China failed to contain the original coronavirus pandemic, Peters offered praise while telling Americans our risk of an epidemic was minimal.  

“Michigan deserves a U.S. Senator like John James, who has the military and business training to know how to respond a crisis and would not downplay an emerging threat for fear of criticizing China,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “Gary Peters either downplayed the coming coronavirus crisis on purpose or was too naive to know any better. Either way, he should have resigned his position on Homeland Security months ago and gave it to someone who would actually stand up for American families.”