Rick Scott blames China for campus protests

Rick Scott via campaign
'That should terrify every American.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign is spotlighting reporting that shows a nefarious foreign link to the ongoing unrest on college campuses amid Israel’s current war.

“This report shows us that Communist China and other adversaries are able to manipulate Democrats’ policy decisions by funding social unrest and public protests,” Scott said.

“It’s not surprising, Communist China will do anything to try to disrupt our way of life. The scary part is that their manipulation tactics are working, and Joe Biden and the Democrats are caving to the pro-Hamas terrorists. That should terrify every American.”

Buttressing the Naples Republican’s assertion, the campaign is showcasing a Fox News report: “Chinese Communist Party-linked network behind ‘well-funded’ anti-Israel campus protests, group says.”

That group is called the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI). The report, entitled “Contagious Disruption: How CCP Influence and Radical Ideologies Threaten Critical Infrastructure and Campuses Across the United States,” offers an analysis of “the activities and foreign connections of the Shut It Down for Palestine (SID4P) movement since its formation in October 2023.”

NCRI contends that the effort is using the conflict in Israel as a way of “inciting unrest throughout the summer of 2024 and in the leadup to the U.S. Presidential election,” via “a revolutionary, anti-government, and anti-capitalist agenda, with the leading organizations serving as versatile tools for foreign entities hostile to the U.S. The methods of these organizations exacerbate societal tensions, polarize the younger generation, and appear to seek the destabilization of American institutions.”

Groups linked to the larger effort by NCRI include The People’s Forum, ANSWER Coalition International People’s Assembly, Al Awda NY, National Students for Justice in Palestine, Palestinian Youth Movement, and the Palestinian American Community Center NJ.

NCRI links the funding to Neville Roy Singham, described in the report as a “known conduit for CCP global influence.”

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 16, 2024 at 11:16 am

    And what is the solution? Invade Iraq?

    • Dancing Outlaw

      May 16, 2024 at 11:28 am

      Steal $1.7 billion from Medicare as any CEO such a good boy doing such a good job would do

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    May 16, 2024 at 11:36 am

    Funding for human rights advocacy is bad and must be stopped, says Rick Scott. Thanks for that, Senator Scott from Florida, Junior Senator to Little Marco who is still working on potabilizacion

  • Michael roberts

    May 16, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    who does rick blame for the civil rights and Viet nam protests ? Why doesn’t he just blame the Israelis ?

  • Cindy

    May 16, 2024 at 12:35 pm

    Tell Rick blame it on it’s crime community. Loads of bang for no buck. Saint Petersburg. That a Russian place

  • Andy

    May 16, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    You mean Communist China, the same Country Scott’s idol DT makes his ties and campaign items?

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 16, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    Ricky says : ( apologies to Country Joe)
    now come on generals lets move fast, your big chance is here at last.
    Now you go out and get those China reds cuz the only good commie is one thats dead,
    you know that peace can only be won, when you blow em all to kingdom come.

  • My Take

    May 16, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    The commies! They’re behind every bush I tell ya!
    (It’s the 1950s all over again.)

    • ScienceBLVR

      May 16, 2024 at 3:00 pm

      Had an old fashioned bomb shelter when I lived in the Midwest- no go here. We don’t even have basements! Guess I’ll just duck and cover under my desk.

    • rick whitaker

      May 16, 2024 at 6:10 pm

      MY TAKE, a good size tsunami could swamp the whole state of florida in a few minutes. no high ground, physically and morally.

      • Ocean Joe

        May 18, 2024 at 9:01 pm

        The Lake Wales ridge is fairly high, unfortunately it’s packed with Bible Belt types. Something about the intense hellish heat that draws them. You are correct about the moral high ground.

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 16, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    As junior senator, does Sailor Rick have access to the intel that Marco gets? Maybe they should talk about the Red Menace from the Far East.

  • Frankie M.

    May 16, 2024 at 4:42 pm

    Voldemort blames “Chiner” for everything. Never a peep about Putin when Trump was in office.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 17, 2024 at 6:18 am

    There is a basis for his claim. Problem is the Chinese liked having Trump, he who would abandon NATO and sell out our allies, as president. (China, if you’re listening…)
    Trump thrives on outside interference to win elections he could otherwise not.
    Libs and progressives, remember these protests and the impact they had on the election when Trump, the insurrectionist, is getting sworn in to a second term.

    Other than that, Scott remains the Snidley Whiplash of American politics and of course only Florida would elect a guy like that.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 17, 2024 at 9:20 am

      DJT = 3 Supreme Court justices against women’s reproductive rights; huge tax breaks for the ultra wealthy (like himself); and J6, which was the logical conclusion of threats Trump made before the 2016 election.

  • woken all up right

    May 17, 2024 at 8:13 am

    Rick the alien Scott is just fine with genocide. He proudly wears his “made in China” MAGA gear. Has there ever been a bigger blowhard loser in Florida? Well, perhaps Don von Shartncourt? Rick made money, lots of it, and pled the Fifth in the healthcare fraud caper. He should be in jail in my opinion.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 17, 2024 at 1:40 pm

      “pled the Fifth” x 75, or was it 74?

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