"This sham conviction only makes Jimmy Lai a bigger hero and Chairman Xi a smaller coward."

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken China hawk and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after Jimmy Lai was convicted by a Hong Kong court for his role in the 2019 pro-democracy protests.

“The Chinese Communist Party is terrified of free thought and free expression. So these kangaroo courts target anyone who tells the truth. This sham conviction only makes Jimmy Lai a bigger hero and Chairman Xi a smaller coward.”