Readers of The 4PM were of three minds about the Biden administration’s announcement last week that the U.S. will diplomatically boycott the 2022 Olympics in China.
38% of readers supported the boycott to punish China’s human rights abuses, in line with Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth.
The diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is growing. It's time to take a stand, so the Chinese government cannot use the Olympics as an endorsement of its crimes against humanity against Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. https://t.co/hExZBUQjxe pic.twitter.com/y98DY3Zm6y
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) December 13, 2021
26% of readers thought Biden was wrongly politicizing sports, like Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.
Whether it's 'diplomatic boycott' of #Beijing2022, or depriving Iranian teams from accessing financial resources,
everyone should denounce politicization of sport.
Looking forward to participate in the event, we express solidarity with China that is targeted by smear campaign. pic.twitter.com/mWGAru0CTF
— Saeed Khatibzadeh | سعید خطیبزاده (@SKhatibzadeh) December 9, 2021
38% of readers said Biden should take a harder line against China, echoing former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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