Jon Ossoff keeps trying to duck the issue, but the Democratic Senate candidate’s “China scandal” continues to get worse as Tuesday’s runoff election draws closer.
Ossoff lashed out on Thursday at a Fox News reporter who dared to ask Ossoff about his business dealings with a Hong Kong-based company tied to the Chinese Communist Party.
According to the report, “Ossoff’s production company, Insight TWI, produced a two-part report for Al-Jazeera in 2015 that praised China’s growing power and influence in Africa, two years after he became the company’s CEO.”
Breitbart goes into great detail outlining a pattern of the documentary featuring criticisms of “the West” but glowing reviews of China.
The Ossoff-produced video piece “begins with an interview with an elderly African woman talking about how, when she was young, ‘white men’ came, took their land, and destroyed their forests.”
The documentary continues to praise the massive newfound Chinese investments into the continent as “impressive.”
Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, is shown saying, “The age or the era of dictating to small nations or trying to force down specific agendas are over.”
The documentary, in contrasting the West with China, says the following: “Before signing off on these multibillion dollar deals, Chinese officials are not demanding like the West is that African leaders conform to western standards of human rights, economic reform and anti-corruption. In Africa, many see this as a welcome break from the evangelism of Western governments who have been accused of putting undue pressure on them to adopt Western-style democracies.”
Read the full report here.
Ossoff has been under pressure recently to answer serious questions about whether he succumbed to China’s strategy of targeting young, up-and-coming U.S. officials with their influence and espionage campaigns, as his business received funds linked to the Chinese Communist Party. The Democrat has been elusive, at best, regarding the amount of funds his business received from this one Chinese company, and even recently told The Washington Post further financial records related to his business dealings would “remain confidential.”
It was also revealed in recent days that Ossoff in 2012 promoted a state propaganda outlet run by the Chinese Communist Party. The tweet was still up as of Friday afternoon, encouraging Twitter users to follow the propaganda.
That report would have been eyebrow raising on its own, as this very same Chinese state-run media outlet has rebuffed recent U.S. demands to register as a foreign agent.
Yet, Ossoff’s China ties run much deeper — and are that much more troubling.
When unsuccessfully running for Congress in 2017, Ossoff earned a “Pinocchio” from The Washington Post for misleading Georgians about his background. He had claimed of his time working for Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), “I’ve got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress. I held top secret security clearance.”
However, the Post noted that Ossoff only had his security clearance for five months, with a good portion of his overall time working for Johnson coming as a part-time college student. His advocacy for the Chinese propaganda outlet came after he got his security clearance — raising another red flag.
Appearing in a remote interview on Fox News Friday, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) questioned why most media outlets are covering for Ossoff regarding his China ties.
“It’s amazing to me that you can have the Eric Swalwell crisis, the Hunter Biden crisis, and ignore the Jon Ossoff crisis,” he said. “This is clearly a pattern of activity from the Chinese Communist Party. They identified Jon Ossoff — after his 2017 attempt to run for the U.S. House and lost — they identified him as an ambitious young politician on the Democratic side that they probably could get influence. So they hired him and he worked for two years for this propaganda company, the Chinese Communist Party… and he hid it from the people of Georgia during his primary. He might not have won that primary had he fully disclosed that. He got caught, he then disclosed it, lied about it and lied about it again, and he still didn’t answer [the question about potentially being compromised]. If you notice that, he never has an answer to that question.”
Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News.You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com