It’s no secret that Democrats are weak against America’s adversaries. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s warning to Olympic athletes is embarrassing.
Pelosi said that American athletes in China should tiptoe around the communist government known to be “ruthless,” Fox News reported. Athletes from around the world are competing in the Winter Olympics that began Friday in Beijing.
The California Democrat made her remarks while speaking at a hearing for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Thursday. Pelosi said athletes should remember they are “there to compete” and not “risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless,” she warned.
“I know there is a temptation on the part of some to speak out while they are there,” Pelosi acknowledged. “I respect that, but I also worry about what the Chinese government might do … to their reputations, to their families.”
Conditions in China have been brutal under the regime of Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party, including many human rights violations. The nation has committed genocide against Uyghur people who also account for the majority of the one million people imprisoned in China’s western region.
The Chinese government has denied any such abuses though an independent body has verified it. FBI Director Christopher Wray also stated that the government was “more brazen” and “more damaging than ever before” in his remarks at the Ronald Regan Library.
“There’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation and economic security than China,” Wray said Monday. “The Chinese government steals staggering volumes of information and causes deep, job-destroying damage across a wide range of industries.”
It’s shocking that America is not outright boycotting the games, given the abuses imposed on the people by the regime. What’s worse is that Pelosi is a government official who can only offer the advice to walk on eggshells while there rather than actually confronting this adversary head-on.