Venture capitalist and Democrat donor apologized for suggesting that “nobody cares” about the Uygur genocide in China.
“In re-listening to this week’s podcast, I recognize that I come across as lacking empathy. I acknowledge that entirely,” billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya tweeted.
“As a refugee, my family fled a country with its own human rights issues so this is something that is very much a part of my lived experience. To be clear, my belief is that human rights matter, whether in China, the United States, or elsewhere. Full stop.”
Palihapitiya made the controversial remarks during last week’s All-In Podcast, hosted by billionaire angel investor Jason Calcanis.
In a response to Calcanis praising the White House for condemning China for their treatment of Uygurs, Palihapitiya had this to say:
“Nobody cares about what is happening to the Uygurs, ok? You bring it up because you care, and I think it’s nice that you care, but the rest of us don’t care,” he said.
Billionaire venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, major Democratic Party donor and part-owner of the Golden State Warriors: “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay. Of all the things that I care about, it is below my line.”pic.twitter.com/5cl4TFADOv
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) January 18, 2022
“I’m telling you a very hard truth. Of all the things that I care about, it is below my line,” the venture capitalist added.
He also added that the U.S. should “clean up its own act” before criticizing the humanitarian record of other countries.
“Look at the number of black and brown men that are incarcerated for absolutely ridiculous crimes,” he went on to say.
Human rights organizations, independent watchdogs and the U.S. government said that China is responsible for genocide against the Uygurs.
China believes that the Turkic Muslim minority group in its northwestern province is a national security risk. They accuse Uygurs of supporting separatism and radical Islam.
Chinese abuses include forced sterilization, forced labor and mass detention in concentration camps. For instance, there are about 12 million Uygurs in China’s Xinjiang province. Yet, over one million Uygurs are held in concentration camps.
Democrat Donor, AOC Fan
Social media users are slamming Palihapitiya for his apparent hypocrisy. Specifically, the venture capitalist is a huge critic of Donald Trump – and a fan of AOC.
I love @AOC – she will be President one day. I’ll be there for her when she’s ready.
— Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath) June 24, 2020
The venture capitalist is also a huge Democrat donor. Back in 2020, he said he would donate to the Democrats “cruel, reckless or strategically incomprehensible.”
He also said he donated $750,000 to the Democratic Party by June that year.
Billionaires For China
Palihapitiya is not the only U.S. billionaire that recently dismissed humanitarian concerns in China. Billionaire investor Ray Dalio also said that Chinese human rights abuses didn’t play a role in his investment decisions. He also compared the Chinese actions to that of “strict parents.”
He later apologized for that comparison. Just a week ago, Dalio defended the Chinese economic model, saying that the U.S. needs a dose of the Chinese doctrine of “common prosperity.”
Dalio heads Bridgewater Associates, an investment firm that just recently raised $1.3 billion for a Chinese private fund.