Rick Scott says every Chinese citizen is a Communist spy
Sen. Rick Scott.

Scott's anti-China media spree continues.

In the New Cold War with China, every mainland citizen is a Communist spy, claimed Sen. Rick Scott on Wednesday.

The comments, made on the Fox Business network during an interview with Stuart Varney, included Scott asserting that “every citizen of Communist China by law has to spy on behalf of their country.”

Scott was discussing legislation he filed requiring “thorough vetting” of students from China who claim they are coming to the United States to help with COVID-19 vaccine research.

When host Varney asked if such a bill would put Chinese students under suspicion, the Senator was blunt, saying “that’s the way it should be.”

The Senator’s fear is that “Communist China … a clear adversary… is going to try to sabotage” research efforts, and that Chinese researchers could be linchpins in that effort. .

The Naples Republican returned to Fox Business less than a week after taking ownership of the New Cold War phrasing, with a directness that took the host of that program aback, as it seemed to Varney.

“This is a new Cold War,” Scott told host Charles Payne. “Communist China is an adversary.”

“We’re clearly going to ultimately sanction China.  We’re not going to let them sell things on our exchanges …. they’re clearly an adversary,” Scott said. “It’s Communist China run by the Communist Party of China.”

“American companies have come to the realization that Communist China is not our friend,” Scott said. “Think of how all these companies have been devastated by what Communist China did.”

The Senator has sounded the alarm about many of China’s transgressions, including its rough treatment of Hong Kong dissidents.

Scott called for American divestment from Chinese businesses and urged consumers to boycott products from the nation, a call he also reiterated Wednesday on his cable news hit.

The Senator has been direct in calling the regime ruthless.

“I’m a business guy, loved to compete,” Scott said earlier in May. “These guys are out to lie, cheat and steal to win.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ChinaIsAProblem

    May 27, 2020 at 11:29 am

    When I visited China in 2007, we were told that only the children of Communist Party members were allowed to go abroad to study. America was where most of these students were sent.
    China tells students at a young age, what they will do with the rest of their lives.
    Except for those who are CCP members and party leaders.
    Thus, it seems the case, that the students who come from Mainland China, to study in the U.S., are children whose parents are members of the Party. These students learn in America, and then work in places where they can use their education and their positions, to help China.
    It is no shock to mm that this is occurring, but seems to be a big surprise to our leaders in business, education, and government, that this has been going on.
    America has made it too easy to steal our technology and claim it for their themselves.
    this situation has grown enormously and is a national disgrace, as well as a national security problem.
    So much money has been given to our most prestigious Universities by the Chinese, that they are unwilling to give up the largesse, even for security purposes.

    • Jim Donelon

      May 27, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Last year it was the migrants from South America that were the BIG threat, now it is the students from China. I think your tin hat needs adjustment.

    • Scash

      May 27, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      There are more than 90 million members of the communist party. Meaning anyone willing can become a party member. It’s like saying every american voter that support U.S governance is an American spy. Conservatives never made america great, it’s the sons & daughters of hardworking families that fled their country in pursuit of ‘American dream’ made America what it is today.

      • Barry

        May 28, 2020 at 9:08 pm

        Yes, and Scott is a lie and cheat like the whole asministration so he qould know.

    • Jk

      May 28, 2020 at 3:07 am

      None of my family members is CCP member,but I could still study abroad. I have a general perception that ppls tend to twist the facts and cling to their own narrow-minded ideas. When I was in school, no one told me what I was going to be in the future! I just don’t get it, where do all the misperceptions come from? It creates so much hatred…

    • Devan

      May 28, 2020 at 10:20 am

      I know many, many foreign students. Not one of them is a member who has a family member who is the Communist party.

    • Daniel Zhu

      May 28, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      You’re lying through your teeth, man. Know nothing about China. You need a new enemy to rally your followers? This is a very stupid way to do it and will backfire big time. It’s the American people who will pay the price. There are millions in China who sincerely admired the USA and everything it stood for. You and Scott are doing a good job destroying their friendly feelings.

    • Lee

      May 29, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      Bullshit!!! Last time I checked, a white male named Edward Snowden published the dirty sh*t of this country?!I?

  • Ocean Joe

    May 27, 2020 at 11:46 am

    So as we disengage from China there are two essential questions: first, what will happen to Ivanka’s Chinese patents, and second, who will make Trump’s neckties.

    As for Scott’s statement: “These guys are out to lie, cheat and steal to win,” no one would be a better judge of that.

    • Jim Donelon

      May 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Here’s a third essential question: If China decides to sell all the bonds they have been collecting to support our deficit ridden government, how will the IDIOT in the White House pay for all his golf games?

      • Scash

        May 27, 2020 at 8:11 pm

        Republicans hawks aren’t very bright are they? Or is it a ploy from Trump to win the election riding on ‘China hate train’ & make a 180 after the election.

        • Ira H Goldman

          May 28, 2020 at 5:50 pm

          Give me a break!
          Rick Scott has been a scofflaw since his days in ‘Health Care’! Scott, like Trump, that Morceau de Merde, is only interested in HIMSELF.
          Scott, as Floridah Governor, worked for 8 years to ‘feather his own nest’ and run the state as his own fiefdom.
          Scott won an extremely close race for US Senator and, is now, talking out of his butt on egregious situations that are instituted by his Master, Trump, that Morceau de Merde.
          Scott is definitely a Persona Non Grata in, a Progressive directed society.
          If Scott were running in the 2020 Election, I’m sure he would lose by At Least 10%!

    • Mellanie

      May 27, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      You said a mouthful! Scott is a criminal.

  • Frankie M.

    May 27, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    “I’m a business guy, loved to compete,” Scott said earlier in May. “These guys are out to lie, cheat and steal to win.” Pot meet kettle.

    Tricky ricky is a one trick pony. First venezuela, now chiner?? Dude needs to find a new hobby besides xenophobia.

  • John

    May 27, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Rick Scott’s xenophobic tirade is straight out of the trump playbook for distraction for his own misdeeds. Whether it’s from his pleading the 5th 75 times for his role in the largest case of Medicare fraud in the nation or his involvement in destroying the unemployment system in the State of Florida, Rick Scott is looking for ways to distract for his own shortcomings and those of trump’s. It’s a bad time to be on the down ballot as a Republican. Their lack of leadership is not settling well with Americans and they know it.

  • Gwen

    May 27, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Many Americans protesting across the country firmly believe the Democrats would be more than willing to completely destroy the economy if it meant getting rid of President Trump. They’ve tried everything else. American citizens aren’t willing to sacrifice their homes, careers, jobs and businesses, 401K for another leftist attempt to remove a President.

    There is no moderate wing of the Democrat party people. If you vote for Joe Biden, you are voting for Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren’s far left platform.. Joe will follow the radical left’s agenda or Joe won’t get the support and he is…. of Val Demings, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Valerie Jarrett,. Rashida Talib, Stacy Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tom Perez, Maxine Waters, Al Green, and llhan Omar. This is the core of the socialists leftist wing of the Democrat party in Washington and they are firmly in charge.

    Today’s Democrat party? The number one prerequisite for Vice President of the United States of America for the Democrat party is………………….. ………………dark skin color.

    Democrats want to make this election about Trump and rely on the hatred of the President to win. Its about your wallet and the future of your children & grand children

    Democrat Platform & Goals:
    (Democrat Taxpayers pay close attention, you’ll pay too)

    *End all deportations of illegal aliens, if you get here, you stay. Bernie’s website calls it a “moratorium” on deportations.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Citizenship for 20 to 50 million illegal aliens, DACA & TPS recipients with a cost of billions.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *De-fund & terminate border patrol & ICE.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Free Health Care for Illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients (taxpayer funded with one estimate at 52 trillion)
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.*

    *Ending of all private / employer based health care. “Medicare for all”, Feds run everything.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Illegal Aliens eligible for welfare & food stamps. (Elizabeth Warrens plan adopted)
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No

    * Border Security. (Democrats have fought against Border Security.
    Democrats No..
    Republicans Yes.

    *Free college for all, including illegal aliens (taxpayer funded estimates in the billions.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Decriminalization of illegal entry into our country.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Sanctuary Cities & States.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Open Borders.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Massive tax increases. All Democrat candidates have committed to tax increases of various amounts.
    Democrats Yes tax increases.
    Republicans No tax increases.

    *Reparations for race’s harmed by Caucasians. Joe committed this to “Reverend” Al Sharpton, support for Sheila Jackson Lee’s racist reparations bill in the House.
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.(already happening in states with Democrat leadership)
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Opposed to ANY voter ID Laws.(Nancy Pelosi wanted this amendment in the first corona virus bill) I wonder why?
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *AOC’s green new deal.(which would create massive unemployment, 100,000 jobs estimated in the transportation industry alone.)
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    *Late term abortions up to 9 months. (Blood for Votes.)
    Democrats Yes.
    Republicans No.

    • Jim Donelon

      May 27, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Last year it was the migrants from South America that were the BIG threat, now it is the students from China. I think your tin hat needs adjustment.

      • Jim Donelon

        May 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

        That screed is the BIGGEST load of crap that has ever appeared on here. Wait, anything said by the IDIOT in the White House is nothing but BULL SH_T.

  • Ward Posey

    May 27, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    So “Ricky, Felon”Scott wants to be this generations Joe McCarthy. Hey he fits “Tail Gunner” Joe’s mantra. A corrupt Politician and a phony vet, McCarthy was a RMFer just like Scott was and both claimed combat. Pathetic. Ricky the “wonder horse” a one trick felonious pony.

  • Jim Donelon

    May 27, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    That screed is the BIGGEST load of crap that has ever appeared on here. Wait, anything said by the IDIOT in the White House is nothing but BULL SH_T.

  • James Donelon

    May 27, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    And EVERY Florida citizen who ever voted for Scott at any time is an IDIOT !!!!!

  • Anders Kartensen

    May 27, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Rick Scott appears to be acting as a Russian agent.

  • Trollin Billies

    May 28, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Going by this same logic, then every Republican is an inbred kin-fucking yokel.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    May 28, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Far left loons are busy today!🤪😜

  • PeterH

    May 28, 2020 at 8:29 am

    It’s not difficult to imagine Rick Scott with a tin foil hat searching for a communist under every bed in America. What an international embarrassment ….. almost as ignorant and incompetent as our clown president in the Oval Office.

  • Hacks

    May 28, 2020 at 9:06 am

    As is so common these days, the headline is not what the person actually said.

  • Steve Mason

    May 28, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Like Trump, Scott loves to tell lies. People need to look no further than the involvement in the largest medicad fraud in the country. Google him. Then see if you can believe anything that comes out of his criminal mouth!!!

  • Devan

    May 28, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Rick Scott knows all about lying cheating and stealing to win. He defrauded the government out of millions for Medicare and Medicaid. Ironic that a man who builds himself up as some sort of fighter for small government was dependent on cheating the government to make his fortune.

  • jim

    May 28, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Good for Scott. The USA has committed suicide by importing legions of Chinese to take spots in STEM PhD programs. These people graduate and go on to work in government, industry, academia, etc.

    How many Americans are high up in the Chinese army or military intelligence? Japanese? Russian?

    China or Russia would NEVER allow foreigners to come in en masse and take over key positions.

    Lots of cool Chinese out there, but they should have the same freedoms here as foreigners do in China. Behave and don’t cause problems or you are kicked out.

    PS: The dual citizens of Israel are even more of a problem, given that every second powerful person in the USA seems to carry that passport.

  • Aeanus

    May 28, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Interesting thesis … So then is every American Jew an Israeli spy; every American Japanese a Japanese spy; every American Russian a Russian spy, etc.. etc…

  • Daniel

    May 29, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Mr. Rick Scott, what a great job to divert the blames away from poor handling of pandemics by this Trump administration. Yes, it is all China’s fault for everything happened in this country!

  • WWW

    June 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Just another lie. Present evidence or shoot up.

    • www

      June 8, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      shut up

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