Grandstanding GOP Senators’ Bill Would Rename Street Outside DC’s Chinese Embassy For Late Chinese Doctor

Via press release from Sen. Tom Cotton:

Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill to rename the street outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. “Li Wenliang Plaza.” The bill honors the late Dr. Li Wenliang, the Wuhan-based doctor who warned the world about the coronavirus before the Chinese Communist Party silenced him. Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

“The Chinese Communist Party wants the world to forget Dr. Li Wenliang, who tried to warn his colleagues about the Wuhan virus and later succumbed to that very disease. We can ensure his name is never forgotten by placing it permanently outside the embassy of the regime responsible for his persecution and death,” said Cotton.

“The Chinese Communist Party may have forcefully silenced Dr. Li for informing the public about COVID-19, but Beijing’s totalitarian censorship cannot erase what the global community now knows. Renaming the street outside of the Chinese embassy ensures that Dr. Li will never be forgotten, will serve as a stark reminder to the Chinese government and Communist Party that the U.S. will stand with the oppressed and not with their oppressors,” said Rubio.

Perhaps obviously, this is just another part of the GOP’s calculated plan to divert attention from Trump’s failures to respond properly to the pandemic.