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GOP senator gets into nasty Twitter spat with Chinese journalist

GOP senator gets into nasty Twitter spat with Chinese journalist
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Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha Blackburn2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Blackburn introduces bill to require migrant DNA testing at border Bottom line MORE (R-Tenn.) got into a heated spat with a Chinese media official on Twitter on Thursday.

The exchange began after Blackburn publicly thanked President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE on the social media platform for banning cotton produced by forced Uighur labor. Beijing has faced loud international criticism over its treatment of the ethnic minority.

"The U.S. will not support companies that profit off of slave labor," Blackburn wrote.

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In a subsequent tweet, she added, "China has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change."

Chen Weihua, chief Washington correspondent of the state-owned China Daily, snapped back at Blackburn, writing, "This is the most racist and ignorant US Senator I have seen," and calling her a sexist slur.

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"Wonder why the US Congress would have approval rating as low as 9% (according to Gallup)? It is because people like lowlife Marsha Blackburn were there," Chen added. 

Blackburn then fired back, calling Chen a "puppet" of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"From Tiananmen Square to Uyghur genocide, Communist China is an expert at slaughtering populations. America will not bow down to sexist communist thugs," she wrote.

The Hill has reached out to Blackburn's office for further comment.