Tom Cotton can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids:
In the minds of the right, the international communist threat is back. And this time, it’s not just personal — it’s genetic.
At least, that’s according to a letter that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent to President Biden this week.
In the letter, Cotton warns Biden that Beijing plans on using the 2022 Winter Olympics as a giant funnel for precious American DNA, harvesting the nation’s fittest and finest for their genomic information as part of a plan to achieve military dominance.
Written in the language of a Cold War-era B-movie and filled with a mixture of sci-fi scheming, eugenics, and stentorian warning, Cotton demands that Biden withdraw American participation from the 2022 winter Olympics absent guarantees from China that it will not collect the data or DNA of visiting American olympians.
“In 2022, thousands of world-class athletes will gather to compete in China,” the letter reads. “Their DNA will present an irresistible target for the CCP.”
He added that, “thus, we should expect that the Chinese government will attempt to collect genetic samples of Olympians at the Games, perhaps disguised as testing for illegal drugs or COVID-19.”
Why, you, the White House, or unsuspecting internationally ranked snowboarders may ask, would the Chinese government wish to do this?
The answer, Cotton wrote, is simple: supersoldiers.
“The CCP has reportedly conducted tests to develop biologically-enhanced soldiers and intends to use DNA data to catapult Chinese biotechnology companies to global market dominance,” Cotton wrote, citing a column written by Trump-era Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.
Cotton’s office did not return TPM’s request for comment. But his terror that red-blooded American winter athletes could have their genetic information harvested by Communists hell-bent on world domination has a background in the fever swamps of the late Trump period.
To claim that Cotton was treated unfairly when he was criticized for Just Asking Questions about whether COVID-19 was created in a Chinese lab is to fall for one of the more obvious motte-and-bailey routines to ever come down the pike.