A Republican senator suspects that the influx of fentanyl in the U.S. is warfare by communist China. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said during an interview with CBS News that China is intentionally poisoning America through the continuous production and sale of the drug.
“I think that the Chinese are intentionally poisoning America,” Ernst continued. “And of course, the Chinese don’t want to assist us with this.”
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst accused China of "intentionally poisoning" Americans by not stopping the supply chain networks that produce fentanyl. "We have to work with our Mexican counterparts to push back against the cartel and the Chinese," she said. pic.twitter.com/eMRLvKk05W
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According to Ernst and some other U.S. officials, the Chinese Communist Party is instrumental in Mexico’s access to the precursor chemicals needed to make fentanyl. Hence, the country’s refusal to stop the supply chain networks shows that the crisis is in its plans, she said.
Calling the situation an “adversary,” Ernst stressed the importance of educating Americans in the face of such an issue. She also suggested that American leaders join hands with Mexican leaders to fight against the Chinese and the Mexican cartel.
“We can’t continue to lose our youth to this fentanyl epidemic. It is extremely important that we push back,” she said.
Fentanyl is the cause of most drug deaths in the U.S. currently, killing more than 100 Americans daily. Its introduction to the illegal drug market has dramatically increased the rate of overdose incidents as it comes mixed with cocaine and heroin. It is also added to fake prescription drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone.
According to a 2021 CDC report, the U.S. recorded a 15% increase in drug overdose deaths that year, with over 100,000 deaths. And all those deaths are linked to communist China.
Chinese crime syndicates reportedly ship deadly fentanyl to the U.S. directly via international mail. But that is not their only method, as most fentanyl gets smuggled from Mexico via the Southern border.
“The Chinese are selling these precursor chemicals into Mexico. Then the Mexican cartels are working on making the fentanyl and distributing up into the United States,” Ernst said.
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently released a report that pegs China as the primary culprit behind fentanyl’s importation into the United States. The agency, which confiscated enough fentanyl to kill every American last year, also stated that it uncovered a relationship between Mexican drug cartels and Chinese chemical companies.
Chinese drug pushers reportedly label deadly fentanyl shipments with inscriptions written in Spanish to throw off customs officials.
China has, however, denied accusations that it is supplying fentanyl or any other narcotics to the U.S. In a Thursday report titled “Drug Abuse in the United States,” the communist nation blamed Americans for the narcotics pandemic instead.
“The fight against drugs requires, first and foremost, one’s own efforts. At the same time, it also needs cooperation among all countries. The United States should stop making unwarranted accusations against China and undermining China-U.S. counter-narcotics cooperation,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. stated.
The spokesperson then urged the American government not to “shift its responsibility for ineffective response to drug abuse” to others.