Although China demands that the United States stay away from the democratic protests in Hong Kong, protesters who stormed one of the world's busiest airports this week are similar to those who dumped tea in Boston Harbor more than two centuries ago. to retired Air Force Brig. General Robert Spalding.
The way China has tried to discredit Hong Kong protesters is similar to the way King George III of England criticized colonial protesters in December 1773, Spalding argued Tuesday on "Fox News @ Night."  "A little more than 240 years ago, those children would have been our founding fathers, in fact, fought for our freedom," said Spalding, a former official of the National Security Council. "Rather than Hong Kong Airport, it was Boston Harbor where they threw tea in."
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Protests have been going on in the Hong Kong region for more than two months now, as tens of thousands demand Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam interrupt and the government pull legislation that would allow criminal suspects to extradite to China. The fear is that the suspects on the mainland would face unfair trials and torture.
The demonstrations have in turn raised concerns among US officials about how far China can go to clamp down.  "The United States and all freedom-loving nations around the world must be ready to move quickly to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong," Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Said in a statement.
Speaking to reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday, President Trump said: "The Hong Kong case is a very tough situation."
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The "Fox News @ Night", Spalding added that he thought it important for Trump and the US to stand up for the protesters.
"There is a failed belief that if we oppose totalitarianism, it will make it worse for protesters," he said.
"The Chinese Communist Party will do what they want to do. They believe that we are facing revolution because of who we are."
He predicted Asia and Europe will not make any meaningful movements regarding the protests, and that the United States should be the one to act when needed.
"One of the things we talked about in the national security strategy is America needed to come back to talk about our principles – not only open markets lead to wealth, but open markets and democratic principles lead to a better world. "
Fox News & Paulina Dedaj and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.