On Tuesday, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough went on a Twitter rant over his earlier remarks that the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was not equitable to businesses getting looted and vandalized during last summer’s Black Lives Matter riots.
Tuesday afternoon, The Daily Caller shared a clip from Scarborough’s MSNBC program “Morning Joe” in which the former Republican congressman said the two weren’t comparable.
“There are idiots on other cable news channels that will say ‘Well, you know, there was this mom-and-pop store was vandalized during the summer riots and that’s just as bad as the United States Capitol being vandalized,'” Scarborough said in the clip. “No, jack—, it’s not. The Capitol of the United States of America is the center of American democracy, and while I am a fierce believer in people’s right to defend their private property, I’m not going to confuse a taco stand with the United States Capitol.”
In the same Twitter thread as that clip, The Daily Caller tweeted, along with a video from the Kenosha, Wisconsin riots and a man standing outside his burnt business: “Was Scott Carpenter’s furniture store which was burned down during the riot in Kenosha just a taco stand @JoeNBC?”
Scarborough responded within minutes of the publication’s tweets.
“Do you think it is the same?” Scarborough fired back on Twitter. “Are you too stupid to understand the destruction of personal property is abhorrent, and at the same time realize that a terrorist attack against the US Capitol is a greater threat to America? Is arson against a warehouse the same as 9/11?”
In response to the video of the furniture store, the MSNBC host wrote: “No jack—. It was a furniture store. And the freaks who burned it down should rot in jail until they pay him back.”
The Daily Caller‘s Chief Video Director Richie McGinniss shot back at Scarborough, saying: “The *federal courthouse in Portland was attacked for over 100 days straight. I was at the Capitol and I was in Portland. Both were abhorrent because they were both examples of POLITICAL violence. For Joe, The Capitol riot was Trump supporters and that’s the *real difference.”
Scarborough replied: “You are being ignorant. I have attacked rioters in Portland since the summer. I have specifically blasted Portland’s mayor and Oregon’s governor repeatedly for letting rioters trash the federal courthouse and destroy the city. Can you do the same to the Trump Terrorists?”
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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