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Rand Paul: Proposed TikTok ban 'makes no sense'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the proposed ban on TikTok “makes no sense,” ahead of an expected vote in the House on Wednesday.

In an interview on NewsNation's “The Hill,” Paul argued that a ban on TikTok would be akin to actions taken by the Chinese government, which Paul said is precisely the supposed threat such a ban would purport to protect against. Americans.

“TikTok is banned in China,” Paul said. “We think – or those who want to ban it think – Wow, are we really going to defeat the Chinese communists, by becoming Chinese authoritarians and banning it in our country? TikTok is banned in China. So, are we going to imitate the Chinese communists by banning it in our country?

“It doesn’t make any sense,” he added.

Paul also argued that some Americans own a stake in TikTok's China-based parent company, ByteDance, and that such a ban would amount to taking away assets from Americans without first proving that it was a crime .

“We know the Chinese government is demanding certain things, but we don't know if information is actually being transmitted through TikTok to any of these people in China,” he said, emphasizing that a provable crime is necessary to take American property.

Not all lawmakers view the proposed ban that way. The House should vote Wednesday on a bill that would give ByteDance 165 days from the day it is signed into law to divest TikTok or face a ban from U.S. app stores and web hosting services.

House Republicans are introducing the bill using a special rule that requires a two-thirds majority to pass the measure, rather than the simple majority needed to pass most House bills.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party and lead co-sponsor of the bill, expressed confidence that it would pass, saying Tuesday that he There was a “large bipartisan core” behind the measure.

He note that the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced the measure last Thursday in a rare unanimous vote.

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