The Retired U.S. Senator and Diplomat Shilling for China’s Propaganda Machine

Then-U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus speaks at a luncheon with U.S. business leaders in Beijing, China in 2014. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
Max Baucus has compared President Trump to Joseph McCarthy and Adolf Hitler on Chinese state television.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ince the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, former U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus has given a series of interviews to Chinese state media outlets in which he criticized the American response to the crisis in a rather provocative manner. Notably, he cast the Trump administration’s insistence on assigning blame to Beijing for the coronavirus pandemic as the rhetorical equivalent of Nazism in the 1930s and the “Red Scare” of the 1950s.

Baucus, a Democrat who also served as a U.S. senator from Montana from 1978 to 2014, first compared Trump’s attacks on Beijing to the rhetoric used by Joseph McCarthy

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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