Texas Senator Cruz opposes the hate crime bill, saying it will not “prevent or punish actual crimes.”

Senator Ted Cruz was one of six senators who voted against efforts to consider strengthening the COVID-19-related hate crime legislation on Thursday, and the plan “prevents actual crimes or It wasn’t designed to do anything to punish. “

The COVID-19 Hate Climb Act reviews hate crimes associated with coronavirus pandemics, establishes an online hate crime reporting system, and provides best practices for preventing racist language in describing pandemics. Establish a judicial position solely to issue guidance.

The bill defines “COVID-19 hate crimes” as violence motivated by the attacker’s actual or perceived notion that the victim’s identity is associated with the COVID-19 epidemic. ..

Texas Republican Cruz said he didn’t think the bill would serve its intended purpose.

“Instead, it’s a democratic messaging tool designed to drive the apparently false belief that it’s racists who admit that COVID-19 occurred in Wuhan, China,” Cruz said. Stated. “And the Chinese Communist Party actively lied and suppressed information about the outbreak, allowing it to become a pandemic.”

The World Health Organization confirmed that the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, but President Joe Biden’s national security adviser expressed concern about the information China provided to WHO regarding the cause of the outbreak. Did.

The Senate has agreed to consider the bill on Thursday, with a final vote scheduled for next week. Republican Senator John Cornyn voted for consideration. The final vote for the review was 92-6.

Cornin did not promise to vote on the final bill. “I have just voted in favor of the bill,” he said. “My final vote depends on whether there is a fair and open correction process.”

The Republicans have submitted nearly 30 amendments to the bill, including four each by Cruz and Cornin.

The introduction of the bill by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono last month comes as an attack targeting Asian Americans. Increased by almost 150% from 2020 to 2021According to an analysis published by the Center for Hatred and Radicalism at California State University, San Bernardino.

“Last year, anti-Asian graffiti tampered with businesses, elders were verbally assaulted on the streets, women were assaulted, and eight were killed in cold blood during a provocative attack on an Asian company in Georgia. Hirono told the Senate. ..

Mr. Cornin said these crimes were “unacceptable” and that all his amendments were related to increased penalties for COVID-19 hate crimes, including eligibility for the death penalty.

“I know there are concerns, especially among Asian Americans, if they are violated by anyone, regardless of ethnicity, race or color,” Cornin said. “We want to show that we are sympathetic to it and send a message.”

Cruz agreed that hate crimes are a serious problem.

“Racist violence is a serious problem, and anyone who performs hate crimes against Asian Americans, or anyone else, should be vigorously prosecuted,” Cruz said.

But he said the law was not intended to do so.

“Parliamentary Democrats want to cover up the CCP cover-up,” he said. “That is the purpose of this law.”