In April, the state of Missouri became the first to file a lawsuit against China seeking financial relief from the damage done to the state’s economy and people thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I represent 6 million Missourians. We’ve got over 6,000 cases now, over 200 deaths. It’s a tremendous impact,” Schmitt said in April. “The human toll of people losing loved ones, not being able to visit family suffering from the virus, [and] not attending funerals. That’s not even mentioning the economic impact. People living paycheck to paycheck can’t feed their families now. All because the Chinese government lied about this.”
Apparently, that didn’t sit too well with the ChiCom government in Beijing.
In response, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-controlled China Times, reported that “Beijing is already preparing to take the necessary punishment measures against some members of the US Congress, the state of Missouri, and relevant individuals and entities.”
Well, that threat didn’t sit too well with Missouri native Dana Loesch, who had but a simple reply.
Dana and her fellow Missourians don’t scare too easily, it seems.
Others chimed in as well, including Fox Business Network host Charles Payne.
Since Missouri took the lead, some 18 state attorneys general are now pressing Congress to investigate China’s culpability in both creating the virus and allowing it to be spread around the world.
“Reports suggest that the communist Chinese government willfully and knowingly concealed information about the severity of the virus while simultaneously stockpiling personal protective equipment,” the attorneys general wrote. “The Chinese government, aided by the World Health Organization, appears to have intentionally misled the world over the last 6 months.”
The Free Beacon added:
The letter will further embolden China hawks in Congress, most of them Republicans, to hold China accountable for its handling of the pandemic. Republican leadership has already responded to those calls with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) unveiling on Thursday the China Task Force, an all-encompassing body that covers 14 different committee jurisdictions to consider “a wide range of China-related issues” from influence operations targeting the United States to the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.
The attorneys general added they, too, are considering legal action against China.
“COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our states and the Nation,” they wrote. “We must all hold China accountable for the devastation and destruction caused by COVID-19.”
As more states sign onto lawsuits, that will present China with an even bigger challenge.
Maybe so, but only Missouri can claim Loesch as the leader of state resistance.