December 12, 2020

USA: Michigan Marxist Democrat Rep. Cynthia Johnson Threatens Trump Supporters On Facebook Live And Calls On 'Soldiers' To Make Them 'Pay'. She Has Been Stripped Of Her Committee Assignments.

The Washington Examiner
written by Andrew Mark Miller
Wednesday December 9, 2020

A Michigan Democrat is in hot water over a Facebook Live video in which she threatened supporters of President Trump.

“So this is just a warning to you Trumpers: Be careful, walk lightly. We ain’t playing with you,” Michigan state Rep. Cynthia Johnson said in a video posted Tuesday. “Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay.”

“I wish I could be talking to y’all in a private room because I just wish I could, but we’re public,” Johnson added.

The comment drew immediate criticism from conservatives, who saw the clip as a call for violence.

“Michigan Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson threatened @realDonaldTrump supporters in a Facebook live video Tuesday, saying it is a warning message to those who support the president,” tweeted Henry Rodgers, a senior congressional correspondent for the Daily Caller.

“Democrat elected officials (in this case a Michigan Representative) are calling for violence and assault against Trump supporters,” former senatorial candidate Lauren Witzke tweeted. “They aren’t even hiding it. These people want us dead.”

“I am incredibly disturbed by Representative Cynthia Johnson’s deranged Facebook rant,” Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox tweeted. “It is reprehensible that an elected official would call on her ‘soldiers’ to make the supporters of an opposing party ‘pay’, and clearly such a statement could incite people to violence.”
Johnson says she has received racist threats since appearing at a House Oversight Committee hearing in which she listened to testimony from several Michiganders who said they witnessed voter fraud in the presidential election.

"You should be swinging from a [expletive] rope, you Democrat," an unidentified person can be heard saying in a recording that Johnson posted online.

Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner. 
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Detroit Free Press
written by Carol Cain
Sunday September 29, 2020

Once again, table tennis helped illustrate the important role Detroit has played in Chinese-American relations.

State Rep. Cynthia Johnson and Chinese Consul General Zhao Jian had a friendly game earlier this month at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center during an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and China.

It was 47 years ago when a series of table tennis exhibitions were held in Detroit, Ann Arbor and other cities. Known as “ping-pong diplomacy” it showcased world-class table tennis players from the United States and the People's Republic of China.

The Chinese government had invited the American team to visit. It marked the first time Americans were formally invited to the country since it adopted communism in 1949.

President Richard Nixon then visited Beijing in 1972. Two months later, the Chinese team landed in Detroit and played friendly matches in the Motor City and other cities.Ultimately, diplomatic relations were established on Jan. 1, 1979.

The Detroit China Day event was held Sept. 13 to celebrate that anniversary. It was hosted by the City of Detroit along with the North American Chinese Coalition as leaders from Detroit, Lansing, Chicago and a delegation from Chongqing were on hand.

“In these 40 years we have achieved greatly in economic trade cooperation. Detroit and Michigan played very important roles in the years leading up to the normalization of our bilateral relations,” Consul General Zhao, who was named to that post earlier this year. Zhao, based in Chicago, oversees several Midwest states including Michigan.

Trade war

The upbeat event was in contrast to the high-profile trade war between Washington and Beijing. To encourage Beijing to reform its trade practices, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports. China has retaliated.

Those working to grow deeper ties between China and Michigan offered thoughts on the tensions and their impact.

“Certainly the U.S.-China trade conflict has an impact, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say strife,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Still, the impact is noticeable. Chinese business investment into the U.S. dropped 90% in 2018 after peaking in 2017, which is a direct result of tensions.”

Mason just returned from a weeklong trade mission to Guangzhou and Shenzhen in China and Thailand. Automation Alley and Michigan businesses including AHB Tooling & Machinery, Supply Chain Solutions, OPCO Lubrication System, Dell Marketing System and Dickinson Wright also took part.

Mason said Michigan’s export sales to China were more than $3.6 billion in 2017, and that dropped to $3.55 billion in 2018.

“Michigan has benefited immensely from partnerships we have with China, and by ensuring we are partners rather than competitors, we are increasing our exports, attracting Chinese investment, and creating new jobs for Michiganders,” Mason said.

More than 300 Chinese companies with operations in Michigan have created more than 10,000 Michigan jobs and invested more than $4 billion.

Oakland U ties

Oakland University is forging ahead as it builds on partnerships with Chinese universities. But the headlines have raised fears among some Chinese parents.

“Parents of students want to be assured that their children will be welcomed at OU,” said Oakland University Provost James Lentini. He was in China Sept. 8-13, where he led a group of academics to three universities in China where OU has partnerships through their the School of Engineering and Computer Science. OU brings in about 40 Chinese students each year. Those colleges are Changchun University of Technology, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry and Beijing Information Science & Technology University.

The Detroit China Business Association has been paving the way for two-way economic relations.

“From adversity there are seeds to a greater benefit,” said Milan Stevanovich, vice president of DCBA. “What we have found is during this time of transition; subnational relations between Chinese and Americans have become more meaningful. As a result, DCBA has found itself involved with collaborations with Chinese Americans across the USA.”

Add a familiar name on the auto landscape — Joseph Buick, who is a fourth-generation family member of the founder of Buick. He’s working with Quadrobot — a Madison Heights start-up with an innovative package-delivery vehicle it is marketing to China and in the United States.

“Make no mistake, the trade dispute between China and U.S. is making our startup more challenging,” said Buick, a board member of Quadrobot. “However, as a global company with headquarters in USA and operations in China, we are able to maneuver our business model to best handle the situation.”

Quadrobot was launched two years ago by Mike Wang who came to Detroit from China to attend the College for Creative Studies and learn more about auto design. The company hopes to have its Quadrobot U1 vehicles on Chinese roads in 2020.

Lisa Gray, chairwoman of the North American Chinese Coalition, who helped put the Detroit China Day event together, said people don't see "real changes in relations at the personal or working level, but everyone seems concerned over how long the current national level issues will continue."

“It is hard for people to make mid- and long-term plans without a high level of uncertainty. Everyone seems positive that it will work out positively in the end, but based off the latest on/off agreements, unsure when it will end,” she added.
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