Mike Pompeo is proving it’s not too hard to make the Biden White House look bad. When the former secretary of state in the Trump White House made a case Tuesday for the U.S. to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics set to be held in China, he had an easy comparison to make between the Biden administration’s behavior toward the communist giant and how it’s treated the American state of Georgia. The differences are as obvious as they are embarrassing. Speaking during a virtual seminar for the Nixon Foundation, which he co-chairs with former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Pompeo said the U.S. should boycott the 2022 Beijing games over China’s treatment of the Uighurs, a mainly Muslim ethnic group in the country’s west. China’s systematic persecution of the Uighurs, including internment camps, forced labor and even forced sterilization and killing are no secret to the world. In the closing days of President Donald Trump’s administration, Pompeo declared China was committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” in its treatment of the Uighurs.
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China’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. He warned of an unspecified “robust Chinese response” to a potential Olympics boycott. “The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.” Human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games, due to start in February 2022. They have urged a boycott or other measures to call attention to accusations of Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong. The U.S. State Department suggested an Olympic boycott was among the possibilities but a senior official said later a boycott has not been discussed. The International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have said in the past they oppose boycotts.
One of the more intriguing decisions for Kyle Dubas in the coming days could be whether to add goaltending depth. If only the Maple Leafs general manager could peer into a crystal ball and learn that the health of Jack Campbell won’t be an issue for the next several weeks. In that case, there would be little argument that could be made against giving Campbell the lion’s share of the Leafs starts. And Dubas wouldn’t have to give anything up to acquire another goalie, even if it’s a draft pick, prior to the National Hockey League trade deadline on Monday at 3 p.m. What was clear, as the Leafs travelled home from Calgary on Tuesday in advance of playing host to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, is that what’s happening with Campbell in net couldn’t be working out much better. Days off between starts have allowed the netminder to properly manage a lower-body problem, and when Campbell is in the crease again, it will be with an eye to setting a Leafs record.
During the “Final Four Show” on Saturday, former NBA star and “Inside the NBA” analyst Charles Barkley said that politicians intentionally fuel racial divides in order to “keep their grasp on money and power,” and that the “system” is designed to foster hatred and to “scramble the middle class.” “Man, I think most white people and black people are great people,” Barkley said during CBS’ coverage of Saturday’s March Madness games. “I really believe that in my heart.” Barkley then continued to argue that our political system is set up to protect the power and wealth of those in government. “But I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other, so they can keep their grasp [on] money and power,” Barkley said. “They divide and conquer,” Barkley added, saying that people are “stupid” to follow politicians who create issues in communities they “don’t live in.”
Saturday evening, former President Donald J. Trump has demanded people boycott Major League Baseball, Delta Airlines, ViacomCBS, Coca-Cola, UPS, and other companies for speaking out against Georgia’s new voter laws. Trump said “radical left Democrats” have threatened to boycott products for several years, and now the left is “going big time with WOKE CANCEL CULTURE.” “It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back — we have more people than they do— by far! Boycott Major League Baseball (MLB), Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck,” Trump’s statement read. “Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play the game better than them.” Wednesday, the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, and Merck voiced opposition to Georgia’s new voting laws. “The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, that excuse is being used in states across the nation that are attempting to pass similar legislation to restrict voting rights.”
Former US President Donald Trump has once again popped up to comment on professional sports, urging a boycott of Major League Baseball (MLB) after the league announced that it was moving this summer’s All-Star game out of Atlanta in response to voting restrictions in Georgia. Trump has previously had run-ins with the other major sports leagues in North America, being particularly critical of players engaging in Black Lives Matter protests. The former president claims he is not the only baseball fan upset by recent events in the league and sent a warning to major companies who have also criticised Georgia’s voting laws. “[We should] boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections.” Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!” In the last year or so, Trump has also targeted the NFL for allowing players to protest the national anthem and the NBA, who he labelled a “political organisation” after it allowed teams to suspend matches in response to police brutality.