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That Great American…William Shakespeare?

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Sunday the United States should reconsider visas granted to Chinese students interested in science and technology, accusing the students of taking American intellectual property back to China and predicting Chinese officials would steal information on the coronavirus vaccine American researchers are developing.

To prevent discoveries about an eventual vaccine from reaching the Chinese government, the United States should ensure that exchange students from China study American culture instead of science-related subjects, Cotton said, incorrectly suggesting English playwright William Shakespeare was an American figure.

If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, that’s what they need to learn from America,” he told Bartiromo in the interview, which began trending on Twitter. “They don’t need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America.”

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He’ll Ask Frederick Douglass About It.

From ThinkProgress:

It’s not unusual for an American president to try and learn from this nation’s history. But the lessons that President Donald Trump has apparently drawn from his studies border on the surreal.

“People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?” he said. “People don’t ask the question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

Many people do ask why the Civil War took place, and its causes are among the most thoroughly documented and analyzed subjects in American history. Its root cause was the Confederate states’ desire to preserve slavery, as Confederate leaders acknowledged at the time. The subject of slavery receives extensive treatment at the National Museum of African American History, which Trump visited in February; it’s unclear how much information the president absorbed from his trip.

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