UPDATED 2:55 PM PT – Monday, February 15, 2021
A Republican lawmaker denounced China hosting next year’s Olympics and said it would be celebrating a “brutal dictatorship.”
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Monday, which urged the U.S. Olympic Committee to change the winter games to a site outside of China. The resolution asked the U.S. to withdraw from the 2022 Olympic Games if the International Olympics Committee rejects the proposal.
Today, Rep. Waltz introduced a resolution to call on the U.S. Olympic Committee to withdraw from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing unless an alternative site is found due significant human rights violations carried out by the #CCP.https://t.co/genTDIjCb6
— Congressman Waltz Press (@RepWaltzPress) February 15, 2021
Despite a letter signed by 180 groups calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, Chinese officials remain bullish on rejecting any disruptive efforts.
“We also hope that the media will face up to the facts and stop disseminating such unfounded and slanderous remarks,” Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. “Attempts to interfere with and disrupt the normal preparation and holding of the Olympic Games out of political motives are highly irresponsible. Such a move will not be supported by the international community and will never succeed.”
The #CCP‘s actively:
– Committing genocide & mass internment of Uighurs & other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang
-Undermining democratic rights & dismantling of ‘one country, two systems’ framework in Hong Kong
– Lying about COVID since the start
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) February 15, 2021
Waltz also expressed concern for the Chinese people being brutalized by their government.