The president will be paying homage to China's autocrats — not American athletes — when he attends the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Representative Dana Rohrabacher said “I think that a president who has said we are conducting warfare in different parts of the world in order to promote democracy and human rights loses credibility when he announces that he is going to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in a country that is the world’s worst human rights abuser,” , the plain-speaking California Republican.
Joe Madison was even more direct: “This is the equivalent of a president going to Nazi Germany in 1936. This is absolutely wrong.”
There will be no competitive events held during the opening ceremony. Moreover, there won’t be that many American athletes there anyway. Most of them will be staying away from China until the last possible moment to minimize exposure to the capital city’s chemical-laden, particle-heavy atmosphere.
If his goal is to cheer America’s finest competitors on August 8, he should instead go to their training camp in nearby Japan