U.S. should let coronavirus ‘rampage’ through China’s Communist Party, says hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass
‘We should take our supplies and go back home. Let the Chinese virus rampage through the ranks of the GT and the rest of the Communist Party.’
That’s hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass taking aim at Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Communist Party-backed Global Times daily newspaper, in a now-deleted tweet cited by Bloomberg on Sunday.
Bass, chief investment officer of Hayman Capital Management, was responding to a tweet from Xijin in which he was complaining about U.S. aid arriving late.
Bass, even after deleting his tweet, said he wouldn’t apologize. “You arrested, censured, and ‘punished’ (only God knows what you did to him and the other 7 doctors) the heroes of Wuhan,” he tweeted. “You are a disgrace to humanity.”
He later called Global Times a “simple belligerent tabloid designed to stir controversy with western media and commentators.”
When asked by Bloomberg why he deleted the tweet, he said in a statement he “felt that it was too harsh for the rank and file” of the Global Times, but that he will “never apologize to a self-righteous, attempted manipulator of public opinion.”
As of Saturday, 724 people having died from the coronavirus with another 34,828 cases confirmed worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.