Jon Tester’s ‘tough talk’ on Chi­na in new ad faces push­back

In a new ad, Sen. Jon Tester (D‑MT) tout­ed a record of some­one who is a Chi­na hawk and has pushed back against the com­mu­nist government’s influ­ence in Amer­i­ca, but his past state­ments tell a dif­fer­ent sto­ry.
“Chi­na is the great­est threat fac­ing our nation,” Tester says in the ad. “They’ve been under­cut­ting Amer­i­can jobs for gen­er­a­tions. They’re fen­tanyl is wreak­ing hav­oc on Montana’s com­mu­ni­ties. They’ve even flown spy bal­loons across our state.”
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Despite his hard-line stance against Chi­na now, Tester has in the past echoed the oppo­site sen­ti­ment about the coun­try and its tac­tics on Amer­i­can soil.
“Politi­cians like Jon Tester talk tough on Chi­na. I’ve actu­al­ly done some­thing about the threats we face,” Repub­li­can Tim Shee­hy, who is chal­leng­ing Tester, said in his own ad. “As a Navy SEAL, I led covert oper­at …