MSNBC host Al Sharpton turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the California Democrat’s stance on China. Pelosi made some stunning comments to our Olympic athletes telling them to not speak out and protest the Chinese regime.
She said: “I would say to our athletes: you are there to compete. Do not 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; I respect that. But, I also worry about what the Chinese government might do to their reputations, to their families.”
Enter Al Sharpton who said: “I respectfully disagree with the speaker here — and I usually am supportive of her — because you cannot normalize what they’re doing in China. To go there and act like all is well is to normalize some very brutal behavior.”
“We need to let China know, ‘You live in a world that human rights is non-negotiable,’” Sharpton said.
The GOP was also not happy with Pelosi. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said:
“Speaker Pelosi doesn’t want to upset the Chinese Communist Party,” wrote . “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.”
“Why did Nancy Pelosi stand by as BLM protesters set fire to cities but tell American athletes to stop protesting China’s human rights violations?” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) said:
“Hey, @SpeakerPelosi don’t tell American citizens to worry about upsetting the Chinese Communist Party’s fragile feelings.”
“Pelosi can bend the knee to China. But our American athletes have free speech rights and should never be told to surrender them,” wrote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
Congressional candidate Willie J. Montague said:
“First Jen Psaki tells a private corporation to engage in censorship. Then Nancy Pelosi tells athletes in the Olympics to not speak out against China. Two blatant infractions against the First Amendment only days apart.
“They’re getting a little brazen here, don’t you think?”
“Speaker Pelosi said people ‘will do what they do’ when it came to protests and ripping statues down in our cities, yet won’t stand up for U.S. Olympic athletes speaking out against China,” wrote Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) .“We should ALWAYS have Americans’ backs over China.”
“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,” wrote Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA).
“Pelosi is a CCP bootlicker who deserves nothing but contempt,” said senatorial candidate Jake Bequette.
Pelosi is a CCP bootlicker who deserves nothing but contempt. https://t.co/ViGMhsLa4i— Jake Bequette (@JakeBequette91) February 4, 2022