Will Biden step up and fix this?
President Biden’s double standards regarding boycotting China have received fresh attention.
Many have noticed President Biden’s double standards, particularly in his treatment regarding boycotts in the U.S., versus elsewhere, particularly China. These hypocrisies came to light recently after many noticed that the President would not be encouraging American companies to pull sponsorships of the Beijing Olympics but had lauded the MLBs decision to pull an all-star game in Atlanta.
This spring, there was a fuss among Biden proponents over Major League Baseball’s All-Star game being held in Atlanta while Georgia’s voting law – intended to prevent fraud at the polls – was passed.
Amid pressure from activists to move the All-Star out of Atlanta, Biden seemed to back the idea, saying at the time, that “today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” when asked about the move in an ESPN interview. He also mentioned that he would “strongly support” the MLB moving the All-Star game out of Atlanta.
However, it seems as though the President hasn’t kept the same resolve regarding the Beijing Olympics.
Despite White House press secretary Jen Psaki announcing last week Monday that U.S. diplomats would not be attending the 2022 Olympics in Beijing because of “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.” By Thursday (December 10th), it was revealed that the Biden administration would not pressure U.S companies into removing sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.
When pressed about the subject, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told Bloomberg reporters that what private companies do is entirely up to them, adding that the government would not “pressure them one way or another.” He also added that if companies chose to make a statement against China’s human rights abuses they could. But that the administration would not be “pushing anyone to make that decision.”
Raimondo’s statements come after a Chinese official said the communist nation would take “resolute countermeasures” adding that the U.S. would “pay a price for its practices.”