GOP resolution demands boycott of Beijing Olympics

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The Olympic rings are visible atop the Olympic Tower in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will open a year from now. Most of the venues have been completed as the Chinese capital becomes the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Beijing held the 2008 Summer Olympics. But these Olympics are presenting some major problems. They are already scarred by accusations of rights abuses including "genocide"against more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in western China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Olympic rings are visible atop the Olympic Tower in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will open a year from now. Most of the venues have been completed as the Chinese capital becomes the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Beijing held the 2008 Summer Olympics. But these Olympics are presenting some major problems. They are already scarred by accusations of rights abuses including "genocide"against more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in western China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Olympic rings are visible atop the Olympic Tower in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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UPDATED 2:55 PM PT – Monday, February 15, 2021

A Republican lawmaker denounced China hosting next year’s Olympics and said it would be celebrating a “brutal dictatorship.”

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Monday, which urged the U.S. Olympic Committee to change the winter games to a site outside of China. The resolution asked the U.S. to withdraw from the 2022 Olympic Games if the International Olympics Committee rejects the proposal.

Despite a letter signed by 180 groups calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, Chinese officials remain bullish on rejecting any disruptive efforts.

“We also hope that the media will face up to the facts and stop disseminating such unfounded and slanderous remarks,” Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. “Attempts to interfere with and disrupt the normal preparation and holding of the Olympic Games out of political motives are highly irresponsible. Such a move will not be supported by the international community and will never succeed.”

Waltz also expressed concern for the Chinese people being brutalized by their government.

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