What can you say about an American presidential administration and corporations that so easily embrace an outcry and boycotts over one state’s clean election laws, but looks the other way when it comes to sending its athletes to perform in a nation of ruthless, torturous dictators?
“Hypocrisy” doesn’t adequately describe the evil double standard.
But that’s what we’ve seen in the state of Georgia – where the governor and legislature enacted a law that removes the likelihood of a repeat of the rampant fraud that marred the 2020 election – which motivated Major League Baseball to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, caused actor Will Smith to move a film production from the state, and corporate CEOs to issue statements of condemnation over the measure’s alleged “racist” motivation and effect.
And President Joe Biden has cheered such moves.
He was so offended by the law – which extends early voting hours and requires voter ID for ALL races and genders – that he said it “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.”
But what does Biden think spying on your citizens, forcing minority groups into slave labor, and inflicting genocide on a people group “looks like?”
When it comes to China, where evidence is piled high of such human rights abuses, his administration just shrugs when asked whether the communist nation should pay a price by losing the Olympics scheduled for Beijing in 2022.
Oh, one of his State Department spokesmen momentarily went off the reservation and entertained the idea of a U.S. boycott.
“Part of our review of those Olympics and our thinking will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world,” said Ned Price to the media last Tuesday when asked about a boycott possibility. “We have consistently said when it comes to our concerns with the government in Beijing, including Beijing’s egregious human rights violations, its conduct of genocide in the case of Xinjiang, that what the United States does is meaningful, what the United States does will have impact, but everything we do that brings along our allies and partners will have all the more influence with Beijing.”
But the following day the communists’ propaganda mouthpiece warned the U.S. not to boycott or else there would be a “robust Chinese response.”
“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, who is famous for blaming the origin and spread of the coronavirus on the U.S. Army. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.”
That was good enough for the Biden administration to do a 180, sideline Ned Price, and issue a mea culpa.
“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Wednesday. “We have not discussed, and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”
And Secretary of State Antony Blinken told “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “This is a year or so before the Olympics. We’re not focused on a boycott.”
National Legal and Policy Center has called into question both Blinken’s and Biden’s past ties to the Chinese, which they have shrouded in secrecy. After his vice presidency ended in 2017, Biden established the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement (the “Penn Biden Center”), and Blinken served as its managing director for two years before joining the presidential campaign in 2019. Both Biden and Blinken, and the University of Pennsylvania, have refused to disclose the source of $22 million in donations from the Chinese.
“If Joe Biden and Tony Blinken don’t explain their cozy relationship with Communist China through the Biden Center, any FBI background investigation and Senate confirmation hearing must get to the bottom of this secret money connection,” said Peter Flaherty, NLPC Chairman, before Blinken’s confirmation as Secretary of State.
And many questions are still unanswered about Biden’s involvement and role with son in several business deals with Chinese companies, in which evidence shows Hunter Biden touted his family’s political clout to solicit a $5 million investment from China for his U.S.-based financial advisory firm.
It makes you wonder whether the influence – or that China has the Bidens compromised – is making the administration keep the U.S. committed to participating in what human rights groups and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are calling the “genocide Olympics.”
Corporate America is also sticking with their sponsorships, despite some of them – namely Atlanta-based Coca-Cola – voicing strong opposition to the Georgia election law.
Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida has called upon the sponsors to withdraw to pressure the Chinese, and he also has asked President Biden to move the Olympics to a U.S. city.
“I am sure you agree the crimes committed by General Secretary Xi (Jinping) are horrific. We cannot give a nation that is so overtly abusing human rights a platform to whitewash its crimes by hosting the Olympic Games,” Scott wrote to the corporate sponsors. “Therefore, I am asking you to stand for human rights and freedom, and use your considerable leverage as a sponsor of the 2022 Olympic Games to publicly urge the IOC to move the games to a nation that values human dignity and freedom.”
But former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, at a forum for the Richard Nixon Foundation’s Nixon Seminar last week, said he expects the corporations to stick with the China Olympics.
“It’s amazing how quickly the corporate America can justify a (Major League Baseball All-Star Game) move from Atlanta to Denver,” he said. “But it’s perfectly prepared to continue to support events in China. So it’s an area of real concern.”