(USA Features) Sen. Tom Cotton is lashing out at the Biden administration and Secretary of State Antony Blinken after he invited the United Nations to monitor U.S. “contemporary racism.”
Blinken’s invitation comes amid a disagreement with China over whether international monitors can investigate the atrocities against Uyghur Muslims.
“The United States intends to issue a formal, standing invitation to all UN experts who report and advise on thematic human rights issues,” Blinken announced late Tuesday.
“As a first step, we have reached out to offer an official visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism and the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues,” Blinken added.
“Great nations such as ours do not hide from our shortcomings; they acknowledge them openly and strive to improve with transparency,” Blinken continued.
“In so doing, we not only work to set the standard for national responses to these challenges, we also strengthen our democracy, and give new hope and motivation to human rights defenders across the globe,” the secretary of state added.
Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a U.S. Army infantry officer veteran, blasted the administration and Blinken for constantly relying on international organizations to interfere in the operations of the world’s preeminent superpower.
“Totally pathetic,” Cotton told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday. “Laura, Tony Blinken, like his boss, Joe Biden, is sticking a kick me sign on Uncle Sam’s back here.
“They should tell that rapporteur to pack his bags and head straight to China, where China is committing genocide against religious and ethnic minorities, where they’re engaged in the systematic sterilization of minority women so they can’t reproduce, or barring that, the systematic rape of them, so they produce Han Chinese, to say nothing of what they’ve done to Hong Kong over the last year, or to Christians who are simply trying to worship God in their homes throughout China, that’s where the UN should be focusing on human rights abuses,” Cotton added.
“They should not be coming to the United States. And it’s disgraceful that Joe Biden, Tony Blinken have asked them to do so,” he said.
Cotton’s GOP Senate colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, was also miffed at the administration over Blinken’s offer.
“Instead of asking the [UN] to come here & tell us how ‘racist’ America is, why don’t you ask them to go to #Cuba where an evil socialist regime storms into peoples homes, beats the crap out of them & then drags them away?” he wrote in a Twitter message addressed to Blinken.
A Chinese diplomat responded by pointing to historical periods of racism in the U.S. to deflect from criticism about Beijing’s treatment of the Uyghurs.
“The U.S. should not forget the innocent African American lives taken by the brutal Tulsa race massacre 100 years ago,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, according to a transcript.
“The U.S. is in no position to criticize other countries’ human rights conditions. No matter how some in the U.S. go to great lengths along its misguided course to hype up lies on Xinjiang, their political conspiracy to disrupt Xinjiang and contain China will only end up in failure.”