The 2022 Winter Olympics are less than 3 months away, and this time they’ll be held in Beijing. This leaves the Biden Administration in a position to make some hard decisions about how the United States will participate. There have been calls for a diplomatic boycott, but Senator Tom Cotton is now pushing for a complete boycott.
As CNNhas reported, President Joe Biden is expected to skip the Olympic games, and there are murmurings about imposing a diplomatic boycott — essentially asking all U.S. officials to agree not to attend. That’s not been officially decided yet, but it’s a rare issue that has wide bipartisan support from political leadership, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Still, the enthusiasm level for the idea varies and fluctuates, and other lawmakers have expressed that they’re not certain whether it’s the right answer to human rights abuses that the Biden Administration wants to make a strong showing against. At the other extreme, some Republicans, including Tom Cotton, are saying that the administration should go even further, with not only leaders but athletes being kept home in an even more significant boycott.
The United States must implement a complete and total boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The threat to our athletes and China’s crimes against humanity leave us no other option. pic.twitter.com/lSLvKhJPMd
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 18, 2021
Cotton says that he sympathizes with athletes who would miss an opportunity, but that he blames the Biden Administration for not bringing together other nations to insist that the 2022 games should be held elsewhere than China, but that the U.S. can’t condone the “genocide Olympics,” and he asks the Biden Administration to impose a complete boycott.
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