U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and an outspoken China hawk, issued the following statement regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s censorship of the Democratic presidential debate’s discussion of Beijing’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

"Chairman Xi lies awake at night terrified of the Chinese people. The Chinese Communist Party fights tooth and nail to prevent the truth from being known. Beijing’s Great Firewall cuts feeds, blocks websites, and even tries to ban free thought at universities. Why? Because the truth sets people free and these cowards hate freedom."