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The White House, Democratic National Committee, and other Democratic campaigns are silent about the donations they have received from Golden State Warriors part-owner Chamath Palihapitiya after he claimed “nobody cares” about the ongoing Uyghur Muslim genocide in China.
“Let’s be honest: nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?” Palihapitiya said on his podcast, which was released this past weekend. “You bring it up because you care, and I think that it’s nice that you care.”
“The rest of us don’t care,” Palihapitiya said about the ongoing genocide that has included the use of forced sterilization, beatings and “mental torture and physical torture.” He said it was a “very hard, ugly truth.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the White House, DNC, the campaigns of Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and the Schumer-aligned Senate Majority PAC to ask them whether they planned on returning or donating Palihapitiya’s donations. None of them responded.
The venture capitalist billionaire gave $250,000 to the Biden Victory Fund in support of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign in July of that year and another $5,600 directly to Biden’s campaign. Palihapitiya also donated $66,200 to the DNC.
That same year, Palihapitiya donated a total of $750,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a political action committee affiliated with Schumer. He also donated $5,800 directly to Schumer’s campaign in September 2021.
The Wisconsin Democratic Party and a Democrat Senate candidate gave up the cash donated to them by Palihapitiya. On Wednesday, Alex Lasry, a Democrat Senate candidate in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Democrats returned and donated, respectively, the contributions they received from Palihapitiya.
The Wisconsin Democrats reportedly donated $10,000 to a charity supporting Uyghurs, and Lasry’s campaign is returning the $2,900 donation.
“In keeping with our commitment to democracy and human rights at home and abroad, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin applauds the Biden administration’s leadership in confronting China’s shameful and hideous treatment of its Uyghur population, and has made a $10,000 contribution to a charity supporting Uyghurs,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin interim executive director Devin Remiker said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Thad Nation, Lasry’s campaign spokesman, told the Journal Sentinel, “Alex strongly disagrees with these comments and has said on the record how awful these atrocities are and that the United States needs to do more.”
The White House previously told Fox News Digital that Biden has “been clear about his views” on “China carrying out genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang”
“The Biden Administration has already taken concrete measures including imposing visa restrictions, Global Magnitsky Act and other financial sanctions, export controls, import restrictions, the release of a business advisory warning companies of the serious legal, reputational, and customer risks they face by doing business in Xinjiang, and President Biden rallied the G7 to commit to ensure all global supply chains are free from the use of forced labor–including from Xinjiang,” a White House official said.