Tom Cotton wants to ban Chinese students from learning science in the U.S. (VIDEO)
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) thinks China wants to steal any potential vaccines that America creates in the future. His solution to that? According to him, we should ban Chinese students from learning science inside the continental United States.
Of course, this is entirely bonkers. You can't stop people from learning.
“The Chinese Communist Party has been stealing America’s intellectual property for decades and they’re not going to magically stop in the middle of a pandemic,” Cotton opined. “In the middle of a pandemic, what’s the most valuable intellectual property in the world? It’s the research that our great laboratories and life science companies are doing on prophylactic drugs, therapeutic drugs and ultimately a vaccine.”
“It’s a scandal to me that we have trained so many of so many of the Chinese Communist Party’s brightest minds to go back to China, to compete for our jobs, to take our business and ultimately to steal our property,” the senator said.
“I think we need to take a very hard look at the visas we give Chinese nationals to come to the U.S. to study,” he added. “Especially at the post-graduate level in advanced scientific and technological fields.”
He then said that instead they should be learning “Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers.”
“That’s what they need to learn from America. They don’t need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America.”
Senator Cotton has been one of the most hawkish anti-immigration senators in modern history, and he doesn't appear to be slowing down now.