Democrat President Joe Biden will not push major companies to drop their sponsorship of the Beijing Olympic Games over communist China’s genocide of religious minorities, according to his secretary of commerce.
The lack of action against China comes after Biden pushed Major League Baseball (MLB) to pull its All Star Game from Georgia earlier this year after the state passed new voter integrity laws, which Biden repeatedly lied about. Atlanta potentially lost more than $100 million in revenue from the boycott.
However, when it comes to standing up against China, which represents the greatest threat to freedom around the globe, the Biden administration said this week that it will not push companies to drop their sponsorships of the games, despite the administration doing the bare minimum by announcing a diplomatic boycott, which some other countries are also doing.
“What individual companies do is entirely up to them. We’re not going to pressure them one way or another,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told Bloomberg News. “So if a company decides — as many companies have — that they want to make a statement against human rights abuses, then that would be great. But we’re not going to be pushing anyone to make that decision.”
Raimondo’s remarks come after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) slammed major companies for ignoring the genocide in China and called on them to push for the games to be moved out of Beijing.
Rubio penned a letter to Airbnb, Alibaba, Allianz, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Intel, NBC, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Samsung, and Visa, all members of The Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme, for “ignoring an ongoing genocide in the blind pursuit of profits.”
As you are all well aware, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games are planned to take place in the shadow of the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. In announcing a full diplomatic boycott of the Games, the Biden Administration made clear that it “will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games.” As members of The Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme, your companies are not only contributing to the fanfare of the Games, but are promoting and glorifying a genocidal regime.
… Article 2 of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Code of Ethics states that Olympic parties “must not act in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic Movement.” A campaign of genocide not only tarnishes the reputation of the Olympic Movement, it threatens to damage it beyond repair.
In April 2021, the IOC took the unprecedented step of delaying the XXXII Olympic Summer Games in Japan. Unfortunately, the IOC has been so corrupted by the Chinese Communist Party that it has refused to consider postponing the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and moving them to a country not committing genocide.
Rubio demanded that the companies take the following actions:
- Acknowledge the ongoing genocide in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region;
- Call on the IOC to move the XXIV Olympic Winter Games out of China, even if this requires a postponement; and,
- Pull all of your advertising dollars from the Olympic Games if they continue to be held in Beijing.
“Taking a stand against genocide is a moral decision, not a political one,” Rubio added. “The world is watching and your credibility is on the line, but so too are the lives of millions.”