More than 180 human rights organizations have called for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics protest China’s mass human rights abuses. But the U.S. government, which leads the “free world,” has so far not supported the boycott it. In response, Michael Johns, a Tea Party leader and former speechwriter for U.S. President George H. W. Bush, reminded China in an interview with Eat News that the U.S. boycotted the Soviet-hosted Moscow Olympics in 1980. “It’s a big symbolic step.”
In early February, 180 human rights groups, including the World Uyghur Congress and the International Tibetan Network, called on world leaders to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and described the event as “a genocide Olympics”. In response, Biden White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “We’re not currently talking about changing our posture or our plans as it relates to the Beijing Olympics.” And the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it believed it was more effective for governments to engage China directly on human rights concerns, and boycotts “have been shown to negatively impact athletes while not effectively addressing global issues.”
The Tea Party, whose many members are Republican congressmen or congresswomen, has spoken out about the boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Tea Party leader Michael Johns told Eat News, “I remember our last incident with this with the Soviets when they invaded Afghanistan 1979, I guess it was part of the 1980 picks, and we didn’t participate. I know that it’s a big symbolic step and an act. And I know that China’s going to take these Olympics very seriously. But I also believe you don’t change behaviors that are this ingrained, or this serious, simply with acts of that nature.”
But Johns’ analy is that a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics must be viewed from two perspectives. If you are an athlete who has dedicated your life to the sport to get to the Olympic Games, “If you were that person who dedicated your whole life, now you’re aspiring to get to the Olympics. And you’re not you’re not being allowed to go? Because the Chinese government has persecuted millions of people because of their religious affiliation and their ethnic affiliation.” Johns continued, “On the other hand, we have to be strong and forceful on the Uighurs. And we’ve been strong and forceful on these human rights matters. And not just in a rhetorical way, I think they’ve got to work into foreign policy.”
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