A Chinese state media reporter slammed Senator Lindsey Graham on Twitter.
Graham responded, claiming the reporter was a “spokesperson” for the Chinese Communist Party.
The reporter, Chen Weihua, has previously sent critical tweets about US lawmakers.
Senator Lindsey Graham said being called a “clown” is “high praise”, at least when it comes from a journalist who works for state media in China.
Graham made this comment in response to a review Tweeter sent by Chen Weihua, the EU bureau chief for China Daily, an English-language newspaper owned by the Chinese Communist Party.
In response to a tweet about the turmoil between Beijing and Graham, Chen said the South Carolina senator is a “clown” and that it was “puzzling” that he was still in the limelight of American politics.
Graham retweeted him and wrote: “Speaking of clowns and jokes…did you hear the one where the Chinese Communist Party said China had nothing to do with the start of Covid? Or how about the one about the Uigher population receiving government-sponsored “holidays” and not being put in concentration camps?
“Coming from a CCP spokesperson, to be called a ‘clown’ is truly high praise,” Graham continued.
Chen’s initial tweet was sent in response to a Reuters article about China conducting military exercises around Taiwan after Graham and other US lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
Chen has drawn attention in the past for attacking US politicians on Twitter. In 2020, he called Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee “the most racist and ignorant American senator I’ve seen” and “a lifelong bitch” for a comment she made about China.
There is even an Instagram account called “Victims of Chen Weihua” that shares screenshots of critical or trolling tweets sent by Chen. It is not known who manages the account.
Representatives for Graham did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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