Congressman Chris Smith Invites Warriors Co-Owner, Chamath Palihapitiya to a Learning Opportunity After Insensitive Comments

Thu Jan 20 2022 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Monmouth County, NJ - Congressman Chris Smith, the lead Republican sponsor of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act has offered an open invitation to sit down with Warriors co-owner, Chamath Palihapitiya after his recent insensitive comments on the genocide occurring in China.

On a podcast, Mr. Palihapitiya stated, "Let's be honest, nobody, nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs, okay? You bring it up because you really care. And I think that's really nice that you care but .... The rest of us don't care. I'm just telling you a very hard truth.”

Congressman Smith said the misguided comments offers an opportunity to bring much needed awareness to the United States and corporate interests that may be unwittingly aiding a human rights tragedy.

“I would like to extend an offer to Mr. Palihapitiya to sit down with me and learn more about this issue,” said Congressman Smith. “I know this is a very liberal man, but this issue cuts beyond partisan ideology. Leaders across the United State must band together to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party. The abuses and atrocities they are committing must be dragged into the daylight and must come with severe consequences. I am confident that in a very short amount of time, I can open Mr. Palihapitiya’s eyes.”

Congressman Smith has chaired 74 congressional hearings on human rights abuses in China, authored the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2018 and was a leader in the passage of the recent Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which will stop U.S. imports from China’s Xinjiang Region, where the Chinese Communist Party is committing genocide against the Uyghurs and other Muslims.