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Texas Sen. Cruz opposes hate crimes bill, says it won't ‘prevent or punish actual crimes'

Added 04-16-21 10:11:07am EST - “Cruz opposes bill to address the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Texas Sen. Cruz opposes hate crimes bill, says it won’t ‘prevent or punish actual crimes’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Ted Cruz was one of six senators who voted against efforts Thursday to consider toughening laws regarding COVID-19 related hate crimes, saying the plan “is not designed to do anything to prevent or punish actual crimes.”

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act would create a Justice Department position solely to review hate crimes related to the coronavirus pandemic, establish an online hate crime reporting system and issue guidance on the best practices to prevent racially discriminatory language when describing the pandemic.

The bill defines a “COVID-19 hate crime” as violence motivated by the attacker’s real or perceived notion that their victim’s identity relates to the spread of COVID-19.

“It is instead a Democratic messaging vehicle designed to push the demonstrably false idea that it is somehow racist to acknowledge that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China,” Cruz said. “And that the Chinese Communist Party actively lied and suppressed information about the outbreak, allowing it to become a global pandemic.”

While the World Health Organization has confirmed that the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser has raised concern over the information China has provided to the WHO regarding the origins of the outbreak.

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