Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been publicly advocating to bring American manufacturing back, calling for an end to U.S. reliance on China.
The senator shared a video of herself on Twitter Monday speaking while walking inside a major Tennessee manufacturer.
“Our manufacturing sector has really been hit hard,” Blackburn can be heard saying in the video.
“All of the inputs that go into manufacturing. The cost of energy, the cost of diesel, all of that is affecting the price.”
I will not stop fighting to bring manufacturing back to America and end our reliance on Communist China. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/deMwSh1WpC
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) December 26, 2022
This does not mark the first time Sen. Blackburn has spoken out against China. Social media posts by the senator criticizing the nation can be found from at least 2 years ago.
China has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change…
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) December 3, 2020
She additionally has said that the Chinese Communist Party has engaged in “consistent violation[s] of human rights.”
Freedom fighters in China are standing up to the Chinese Communist Party and their consistent violation of human rights.
That is something to commend.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) November 30, 2022
These comments by Blackburn came in the contest of massive protests that have recently grown in China, described by the Associated Press as “the greatest show of public dissent against the ruling Communist Party in decades.”
Blackburn said that the government must stop thinking it can create jobs, arguing it is the role of the private sector.
The senator touched upon the consequences of inflation and skyrocketing prices in fuel and the cost of goods:
They’re going to have risen prices of their products so that they still have a little bit of a profit mark on the cost, the costs of those inflicts and that energy is making it very difficult for manufacturers to make ends meet.