NBA investor and Florida Democrat donor Chamath Palihapitiya is under fire following his claim that “no one cares” about the ongoing Uyghur genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. National and state GOP party members have publicly denounced the statement, but Democrats have been particularly mum on the topic.
Palihapitiya, a Co-owner of the Golden State Warriors has donated to Val Demmings, Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried, and Darren Soto amounting to a total of $15,000 through two separate donations of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
“Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?” he said. “You bring it up because you really care, and I think it’s nice that you really care. The rest of us don’t care. I’m just telling you a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it’s below my line,” said the venture capitalist. “If you’re asking me do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country? Not until we can take care of ourselves will I prioritize them over us.”
Demings, who is running for a state senate seat against outspoken Uyghur rights activist Marco Rubio, has yet to comment on the comments from one of her large donors despite her supposed commitment to being a vanguard of American integrity.
Rubio spent 2021 pushing for approval of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The proposal was signed into law in December.
“The U.S. is so reliant on China that we have turned a blind eye to the slave labor that makes our clothes, our solar panels, & much more. That changes today,” Rubio said of his bill’s passing.
“Val Demings and Florida Democrats use buzzwords like “morals,” “integrity” and “ethics” as political tools but when it’s politically inconvenient they don’t practice what they preach. If Demings can’t stand up to genocide apologists in the U.S., how can Floridians expect her to stand up to Maduro and Castro?” says RNC Spokeswoman Julia Friedland. “Question for Val Demings, Darren Soto, Charlie Crist, and Nikki Fried: Do you support the comments from Palihapitiya and his lack of concern for genocide?”
Friedland continued by pressing whether or not the Florida Democratic Party will return the donated money. The Capitolist reached out to the Office of Val Demings but was not contacted back or given a response.