Tom Cotton blasted for ‘racist’ questioning of TikTok CEO by Asian American caucus

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is facing criticism over his questioning during a hearing with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew earlier this week.

Cotton asked Chew several times whether he had any personal relationship with China. Chew was voluntarily present at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to address children’s safety on his platform. Other social media CEOs were there, including Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, X’s Linda Yaccarino, Snap’s Evan Spiegel, and Discord’s Jason Citron.

When Chew confirmed that he is a naturalized citizen of Singapore, Cotton continued to press the CEO, asking if he had ever applied for Chinese citizenship or a Chinese passport, as both his parents are Chinese. Chew denied having applied for either. Additionally, Chew testified that he has a Singaporean passport and served in the Singaporean military.

“Have you ever been associated or affiliated with the Chinese
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