House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered a message on Thursday to U.S. athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics – telling them to keep their mouths shut about any atrocities they see in the communist country.
Pelosi warned the American athletes that the Chinese communist government is “ruthless” and could damage the reputations of those competing.
The comments from Pelosi came while she was speaking at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing. Pelosi told the athletes that they are simply “there to compete” and are not to “risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless.”
“I know there is a temptation on the part of some to speak out while they are there,” Pelosi added, one day ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games. “I respect that, but I also worry about what the Chinese government might do … to their reputations, to their families.”
Many, however, saw right through Pelosi’s warning – exposing the fact that it was her attempt to stop Americans from upsetting the Chinese government which the Democrats have become rather cozy with.
“Speaker Pelosi doesn’t want to upset the Chinese Communist Party,” House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy responded. “So she’s warning US Olympians to stay silent about China’s atrocities. No surprise this comes right as Democrats are trying to jam through the 3,000-page ‘America Concedes Act’ that helps China but hurts America.”
Republican Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez also blasted Pelosi’s message, saying, “The U.S. should be BACKING UP athletes using their freedom of self-expression to expose the Beijing communists for the murderers they are, NOT telling them to hide. Americans down cower to communists. We defeat them.”
Republican Rep. Scott Austin further slammed the Democrat Speaker, “Outrageous that the Speaker finds it necessary to ask American athletes not to acknowledge the CCP’s mass genocide of the Uyghur Muslims and their use of slave labor.”
The Chinese communist regime has faced criticism over its widely known human rights abuses at home in addition to its tendency to violate international law and freedoms abroad.
China’s crackdown under hardline ruler Xi Jinping has been felt across wide swaths of society. Hong Kong authorities crushed anti-government protests in the city in 2019, and the central government in Beijing passed a national security law aimed at stifling dissent, leading to the arrest of activists and disbandment of civil society groups.
An independent, unofficial body set up by a prominent British barrister to assess evidence on China’s alleged rights abuses against the Uyghur people concluded in December that the Chinese government committed genocide.
China has consistently denied any human rights abuses in the region and has said it carried out its actions to counter extremism and ensure people’s safety in the region.
In the country’s western region of Xinjiang, an estimated 1 million people or more — most of them Uyghurs — have been confined in reeducation camps in recent years, according to researchers.
As our enemies abroad continue to capitalize on the fact that President Joe Biden is a weak and frail leader, China has been no exception, with FBI Director Christopher Wray warning earlier this week that the threat coming from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “more brazen” and “more damaging than ever before.”
“There’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation and economic security than China,” Wray said Monday, speaking from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “The Chinese government steals staggering volumes of information and causes deep, job-destroying damage across a wide range of industries.”
Author: Michael Turner