End – and punish – Beijing’s election interference

Amidst the endless warnings about Russian interference in our elections, another state actor’s influence operations have been largely ignored. But a recent spate of anti-Trump advertisements that have been placed on Facebook and other social media platforms by Chinese Communist Party propaganda instruments without disclosing their sponsors demand attention, and corrective action.

The ads have run in English, Chinese and Arabic and are aimed at promoting the Communist Party-line with audiences around the world. Their memes praise the PRC’s effective action against the coronavirus. And they depict Donald Trump as a racist for pointing out China’s responsibility for the present pandemic.

Beijing’s open hostility towards President Trump, to say nothing of the overt effort to help defeat him that it animates, is unacceptable. Those who relentlessly warn about foreign election interference should be leaders in condemning and punishing what China is perpetrating.

This is Frank Gaffney.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.