BOYCOTT China Genocide Intelwars Jen psaki Olympics Warns

China warns US against boycotting Winter Olympics in Beijing. Jen Psaki says there’s no talk of that.

China warned Wednesday of a “robust” response from the communist nation if the U.S. dares to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were no discussions about doing such a thing — while acknowledging China’s ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs.

What are the details?

The Associated Press noted Wednesday that “human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games” and “have urged a boycott or other measures to call attention to accusations of Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.”

According to The Daily Wire, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday that “part of those Olympics and our thinking will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world,” in an apparent suggestion that a boycott could be on the table.

In reaction, a representative for the Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Ministry warned the Biden administration of a “robust Chinese response” at the prospect of boycotting the Beijing Games, the AP reported.

“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” the spokesperson said. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.”

Psaki was asked during a news conference about the situation, and she assured the American people that the Biden administration has “not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners” regarding the Olympics in Beijing.

In a follow-up, a reporter told Psaki, “Understanding what you said, the U.S. position, however, is that China has committed genocide.”

“Yes,” the press secretary replied.

The reporter then asked, “Doesn’t that demand some sort of response or action from the U.S., and what will the U.S. need to see before it fully participates in the Olympics?”

Psaki reiterated that the administration is working with allies “about a range of concerns we have with China’s behavior and their actions, including the genocide of Uyghur Muslims.”

What was the reaction?

Some conservatives reacted with fury over the White House response.

Newsmax reporter Benny Johnson tweeted a video of the exchange with the message, “Biden encouraged the MLB to move the All Star Game out of Atlanta without hesitation but has no problem with the U.S. participating in the Olympics in Beijing. So is it the position of the Biden Administration that the Georgia Voting Law is worse than Genocide?”

Anything else?

Also on Wednesday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, both of the Trump administration, called on the U.S. to boycott what they called the “Genocide Olympics” in China, The Washington Examiner reported.

The Winter Olympics are slated to start in February 2022.

Biased Bob Dole Commission on Presidential Debates Intelwars trump Warns

Former Sen. Bob Dole accuses bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates of bias against Trump

Former Sen. Bob Dole (KS), who was the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, voiced his concern Friday that the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates might favor Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying that none of the GOP members support President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds,” Dole tweeted. “I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair.

President Trump responded, “Thank you @SenatorDole. So true!”

The Hill noted, “Members of the commission’s board of directors include former GOP Sens. John Danforth (Mo.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine). All of the living former presidents serve as honorary co-chairs.”

Dole’s public statement came amid uproar over accusations that the moderator selected for second debate, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, reached out to notorious anti-Trumper Anthony Scaramucci via Twitter on Thursday, asking if he should “respond to Trump.”

Scully deleted the comment the next day, but was already facing heat and accusations of bias, over reports that he was an intern for Biden in 1978.

Several fellow journalists came to Scully’s defense, saying that he has been balanced in his reporting, while a co-chair on the debates commission claimed Scully’s Twitter account was hacked. C-SPAN also released a statement saying that Scully’s account was hijacked and that authorities were investigating.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that “Scully has a history of blaming hackers for his social media posts,” citing previous times he made the same claim on the platform. Twitter refused to comment to the outlet on the matter.

Following Dole’s comments, The Wall Street Journal reported that the second presidential debate between Trump and Biden, which was slated for Oct. 15, had been canceled.

The commission had previously announced that the town hall debate would be virtual following Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, but the president said he would not participate unless the event was held in person.

President Trump tweeted after the cancelation, “.@SteveScully, the Never Trumper next debate moderator, got caught cold. Pulled out the old, ‘I’ve been hacked’, line. That never works. His bosses are furious at him as he’s lost all credibility!”

Scully tweeted on his own account afterward, “I want to thank the @CPD for the honor of moderating the town hall meeting debate in Florida next Thursday. With news tonight the debate was cancelled, I want to wish @KWelkerNBC the very best on October 22nd. Presidential debates are part of America’s great democracy!”