Kat Cammack, a Republican Congresswoman hailing from Florida is well-known as a conservative. She is a keen observer of China’s threat and frustrated by Biden’s weakening position, particularly his “diplomatic boycott” for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
She took the weak and ineffectiveness of the decision made on Just the News’s John Solomon podcast and had this to say:
“[I]f you’re going to get tough about China, then you actually have to do that. It has to be an action, not just words, and not sending a diplomatic representative is the very bare minimum, scraping-the-bottom-of-the-bucket of what this administration could do. There’s so many other ways that we should and could be holding China accountable for their gross human rights violations.
“The fact that there is an active genocide happening right now in mainland China is an egregious fact. And now we’re seeing them being highlighted — rewarded — on the global stage with the ability to host the Olympics? That’s an honor.
…]It’s a disgusting weakness that the Biden administration has shown. And quite frankly, I’m surprised that we don’t have more Democrats speaking out, demanding action on this.
[T]his is genocide we’re talking about. The Muslim Uyghurs have endured the grossest punishment, violations that you can imagine under the Communist Party in this regime, and the best that the Biden administration can muster is, ‘We’re not going to send diplomatic representatives’? Give me a break.
There’s one thing that countries like China and Russia understand, and that’s aggression,” she said. “And when you have a movable red line, and a feeble leader — who, again, does the very bare minimum to show that he’s done something — it just comes across as weak and emboldens people and leaders in the Communist Party to take further action.”
Cammack’s comments are in line with other conservatives who all call the decision weak or useless.
Nikki Halley had this to say on Twitter, for instance:
A diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics is a joke. China doesn’t care if Biden and Team show up. They want our athletes.— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) December 6, 2021
Tom Cotton and Mike Pompeo echoed her comments, both using Twitter to criticize the poor decision.
China is committing genocide.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) December 6, 2021
We need a complete and total boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
Not a half measure.
A diplomatic boycott of the #Olympics is not enough. The CCP doesn’t give a rip about a diplomatic boycott, because at the end of the day, they are still hosting the world’s athletes. Joe Biden needs to stand up to the CCP. #BoycottBeijingOlympics— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) December 6, 2021
They are all right. Biden’s decision was weak. It was designed to make Biden look tough, while not doing anything to hold China responsible for its aggression or Covid. It seems that President Brandon would find it too difficult to do something substantive.