Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) slammed Communist China in a Twitter post on Tuesday, following veiled threats and tension drummed up by the government, regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) trip to neighboring Taiwan.
“The Chinese Communist Party can go straight to hell,” Crenshaw wrote Tuesday evening. “You don’t tell us when our elected representatives can visit other countries, as they always have, since our nation’s inception.”
“No amount of toddler-esque saber rattling will change that,” he added.
Initially, news of Pelosi’s trip drew immediate backlash with Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian telling reporters, “We are seriously prepared.”
The Chinese Communist Party can go straight to hell.
You don’t tell us when our elected representatives can visit other countries, as they always have, since our nation’s inception.
No amount of toddler-esque saber rattling will change that.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 3, 2022
“If the U.S. side is bent on going its own way, China will take strong measures to resolutely respond and counteract,” Lijian continued. “The United States should be held responsible for any serious consequences.”
China even reportedly warned the White House in private about the California Democrat’s trip, and how it could lead to a military response.
When Pelosi did arrive in Taiwan late Tuesday, Beijing had announced they’d be carrying out live-fire military exercises near and around Taiwan.
China’s foreign ministry said it protested the visit, adding that it “seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” per The Daily Wire.
There were also threats of “targeted military operations,” according to a report by France 24.
“The Chinese military announced joint air and sea drills near Taiwan starting on Tuesday night and test launch of conventional missiles in the sea east of Taiwan, with Chinese state news agency Xinhua describing live-fire drills and other exercises around Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday,” the report read.
No matter what comes of this visit, one thing is for sure. There is power rising in the East. This November, Americans will decide how the U.S. counters that power as it heads into the future — or face the consequences of China dictating international policy, indefinitely.