CNN commentator Jack Cafferty on the United States’ relationship with China on the April 9 broadcast of “Situation Room”:
“Well, I don’t know if China is any different, but our relationship with China is certainly different. We’re in hock to the Chinese up to our eyeballs because of the war in Iraq, for one thing. They’re holding hundreds of billions of dollars worth of our paper. We also are running hundred of billions of dollars worth of trade deficits with them, as we continue to import their junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food and export, you know, jobs to places where you can pay workers a dollar a month to turn out the stuff that we’re buying from Wal-Mart. So I think our relationship with China has certainly changed. I think they’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years.“
An online petition launched by the Legal Immigrant Association demanding for an official apology from CNN and for CNN to take immediately action against Cafferty for his racist remarks has garnered 23798 signatures at press time.
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