Sen. Ted Cruz recently argued against a full boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China and said the U.S. needs to “go and highlight China’s oppression. We go and tell the world about what’s happening.”
Cruz made his comments during a recent interview on the “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
Cruz said, “I think everything we can do to shine a light on the atrocities of China, on the murder, on the torture, on the genocide, on the concentration camps, I think everything we can do is good and positive.”
“And so, I agree with the diplomatic boycott,” Cruz continued. “It’s something I’ve called [for] for a long time.”
But the senator said he did not want to prevent American athletes from competing.
“I don’t agree with what some people are calling for, which is a boycott of our athletes, which is stopping our athletes from going to the Olympics,” Cruz said. “I think that would be a mistake.”
The Texas Republican continued, “I understand the sentiment behind it, but it was the same sentiment that led Jimmy Carter to do that in 1980, and I think it didn’t work then. I don’t think it’s fair to punish our athletes.”
In November, Cruz said he hoped that American athletes go to China and “kick their commie asses.”
He added, “I’d do more than just a diplomatic boycott.” And “I think we go and speak the truth. We go and highlight China’s oppression. We go and tell the world about what’s happening.”
Cruz then pointed a finger at President Joe Biden.
“And that courage is something the Biden administration doesn’t want to do, doesn’t like to do,” Cruz said. “That courage is something American corporations are terrified to do.”
Cruz said American companies shouldn’t advertise at the games.
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