House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday expressed solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong who waved American flags and sang the US national anthem.
“We see you waving the American flag, and we hear you singing our national anthem,” McCarthy wrote on social media. “America stands for freedom. America stands with Hong Kong.”
But some foreign policy experts were critical of McCarthy’s approach, arguing that tying the protesters to the US plays into the Chinese government’s false claims that the US is behind the movement.
Scott Kennedy, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told INSIDER McCarthy’s comments are “inaccurate and damaging.”
The Chinese government has accused the US of aiding the protesters, which the regime is targeting with an aggressive disinformation and propaganda campaign.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday expressed solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong who appeared to wave American flags and sing the US national anthem, but some experts say McCarthy’s comments could harm the protesters’ cause.
“To the thousands of young people in Hong Kong who are speaking UP for human rights and speaking OUT against the Communist Party of China: we see you waving the American flag, and we hear you singing our national anthem,” McCarthy wrote on social media. “America stands for freedom. America stands with Hong Kong.”
McCarthy was likely referring to footage that appears to show pro-democracy protesters singing the American national anthem while waving American flags in the streets of Hong Kong. The viral clip was shared on Twitter by Chrystal Neria, a singer, model and Trump campaign adviser who goes by Kaya Jones.
Protesters in Hong Kong waving the American flag and singing the American National anthem as they advocate for democracy. Wow! pic.twitter.com/CKyFstud22
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) August 12, 2019
Scott Kennedy, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, called McCarthy’s comments “inaccurate and damaging” because it “feeds paranoia in Beijing” that the US is behind the protests.
“The protest movement doesn’t have anything to do with the US — it’s all about the relationship between Hong Kong and China,” Kennedy told INSIDER.
He said the footage of protesters waving American flags and singing the anthem was “not a reflection of the protest movement, either in its origination, the dynamics, the motivations for it, the source of its strength …read more
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