Far-left activist Al Sharpton has turned on Nancy Pelosi, accusing the Democrat House speaker of attempting to “normalize” the Chinese Communist Party’s “very brutal behavior.”
As Slay News first reported, Pelosi issued a warning to American Olympic athletes, urging them not to “speak out” and “anger” China’s dictatorship.
“I would say to our athletes: you are there to compete,” Pelosi warned U.S. athletes.
“Do not risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless.
“I know there is a temptation on the part of some to speak out while they are there; I respect that.
“But, I also worry about what the Chinese government might do to their reputations, to their families.”
Democrat Nancy Pelosi tells U.S. athletes to cower to the Chinese Communist Party and not "speak out" against their human rights abuses. pic.twitter.com/EqyK9K2yFL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 3, 2022
Democrat operative-come-MSNBC host Sharpton admitted that he couldn’t agree with Pelosi’s comments, however.
“I respectfully disagree with the speaker here — and I usually am supportive of her — because you cannot normalize what they’re doing in China,” Sharpton said.
“To go there and act like all is well is to normalize some very brutal behavior.”
“We need to let China know, ‘You live in a world that human rights is non-negotiable’.”
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) February 4, 2022
The GOP was also not happy with Pelosi.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said:
“Speaker Pelosi doesn’t want to upset the Chinese Communist Party,” McCarthy wrote.
“So she’s warning US Olympians to stay silent about China’s atrocities.
“No surprise this comes right as Democrats are trying to jam through the 3,000-page ‘America Concedes Act’ that helps China but hurts America.”
“Why did Nancy Pelosi stand by as BLM protesters set fire to cities but tell American athletes to stop protesting China’s human rights violations?” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) said:
“Hey, @SpeakerPelosi don’t tell American citizens to worry about upsetting the Chinese Communist Party’s fragile feelings.”
“Pelosi can bend the knee to China,” wrote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
“But our American athletes have free speech rights and should never be told to surrender them.”
Congressional candidate Willie J. Montague said:
“First Jen Psaki tells a private corporation to engage in censorship.
“Then Nancy Pelosi tells athletes in the Olympics to not speak out against China.
“Two blatant infractions against the First Amendment only days apart.
“They’re getting a little brazen here, don’t you think?”
“Speaker Pelosi said people ‘will do what they do’ when it came to protests and ripping statues down in our cities, yet won’t stand up for U.S. Olympic athletes speaking out against China,” wrote Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).
“We should ALWAYS have Americans’ backs over China.”
“Outrageous that the Speaker finds it necessary to ask American athletes not to acknowledge the CCP’s mass genocide of the Uyghur Muslims and their use of slave labor,” wrote Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA).
“Pelosi is a CCP bootlicker who deserves nothing but contempt,” said senatorial candidate Jake Bequette.
Pelosi is a CCP bootlicker who deserves nothing but contempt. https://t.co/ViGMhsLa4i
— Jake Bequette (@JakeBequette91) February 4, 2022