Former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo sent a strong message to Americans calling for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. Because of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) treatment of Uighur Muslim minorities in the country and its crackdown on free speech, he called them the “Genocide Olympics.”
During the opening session of the Richard Nixon Foundation’s Nixon Seminar that Pompeo co-chaired with former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, the former Secretary of State was blunt with his words against the Winter Olympics organized by the CCP regime when he said:
“I don’t think we should have any American go and participate in the Genocide Olympics.”
He also cited as an argument for boycotting the controversial Olympics the risks to U.S. athletes in exposing themselves to the unreasonably strict system promoted by the CCP, where breaking Chinese laws could land them in jail.
“How you would send your child there to compete when if they said so much as, ‘Boy, is the food is bad here,’ you can end up in a Chinese prison for an awfully long time?”
Pompeo went on to discuss the issue using tongue-in-cheek comments following President Biden’s reprehensible role in promoting moving the All-Star Game because he disagreed with new state legislation in Georgia:
“I hope we’ll convince the [International Olympics Committee] not to hold them there and find another solution. We figured out how to move an All-Star game pretty quickly. Maybe we can figure out how to move the Olympics.”
Continuing in the same critical vein as Pompeo, O’Brien criticized major U.S. companies, such as Coca Cola, who were ‘appalled’ by Georgia’s new election legislation and promoted the rapid relocation of the All-Star Game, yet fail to comment on the terrible atrocities happening under the Chinese regime and continue to support the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.
“It’s amazing how quickly the corporate America can justify a move from Atlanta to Denver. But it’s perfectly prepared to continue to support events in China. So it’s an area of real concern,” said O’Brien.
He said he witnessed China’s worsening behavior during his tenure as a former hostage envoy in the Trump administration. China had gained a reputation similar to Iran’s with their increase in foreign nationals being detained.
“I think anyone has to be very concerned and has to think twice about why you’re going to China, what you’re going to do there. If you want to take the risk of having an extended stay as a guest of Mr. Xi Jinping,” he said.
Criticism against Beijing as host of the 2022 Olympic Games intensified strongly during the last months, since several politicians, renowned personalities, and various institutions began to make public their position of repudiation.
Three weeks ago, Senator Romney published an op-ed in the New York Times, calling for a U.S. economic and diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Games, arguing the proven and systematic violation of human rights under the Chinese regime.
Zumretay Arkin, spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress, and 160 other human rights groups sent an open letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach requesting that the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing be withdrawn from China.
The pressure is mounting on the Olympic Committee authorities, but no member has so far made any solid statement on the demands.