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Senator Graham: Apple Is Making A ‘Mistake’ For Supporting China In Its Crackdown On Civilians

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On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that Apple is making a “mistake” for supporting China in its authoritarian crackdown on its citizens’ protests.

“Corporate appeasement of the Chinese Communist Party is pretty rampant,” Graham said during an interview on Fox News. “I like Apple. They’re a great American company. But the Chinese Communist Party writes the rules of the road. And to do business in China, you either leave the customer base or you follow their lead.”

“The NBA has appeased China. The movie industry appeases China, now Apple. And I think this is a — this is a mistake,” he continued. “So, you have got Apple threatening to take Twitter out of the Apple Store and at the same time doing the bidding of the Communist Party, restricting sharing of information to people who are trying to protest.”

“I think we have got it backwards here,” Graham added. “And I think what drives this is just money and market share.”

Graham’s comments reference the biggest uprising from the Chinese people since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests during which the Chinese government massacred over 10,000 civilians. The recent protests are against China’s strict COVID-19 lockdown policies and erupted following last week’s deadly fire at a residential building in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang, which killed 10 people and injured nine others. Protestors say that the lockdowns led to the deaths as residents of the city have been blocked from leaving their homes for months.

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