This is not freedom of the press and this is not a scene that should occur in a country the world has sent its finest athletes to represent them on the global stage. A multitude of concerns surrounding China and its human rights abuses have made athletes scared about having any protection when it comes to freedom of speech.
Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas tweeted the video of a Dutch reporter quite literally being yanked off of camera during his television hit by a Chinese government official. “Day 1 of the Winter Olympics and the CCP has already physically pulled a Dutch reporter off air,” Crenshaw tweeted. “Where are the woke NBA, Nike, and Hollywood China apologists?” he added.
It was suspected that the “Public Security Volunteers” who were seen pushing the reporter away were upset that he was filming in not so “photogenic” location, according to the Daily Mail.
Day 1 of the Winter Olympics and the CCP has already physically pulled a Dutch reporter off air.
Where are the woke NBA, Nike, and Hollywood China apologists? pic.twitter.com/QXw4Yu3AJo
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 4, 2022
“It’s begun in China where Chinese Security forces pull a reporter away from a live shot, “Former NYPD Detective Rob O’Donnell tweeted. “Why are Americans subjecting themselves to this? Boycott the Olympics!”
Republican Representatives have been calling on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to keep American athletes safe. America wants to support its athletes by sending them to the Olympic games, but still announced a diplomatic boycott, meaning it would not send any U.S. officials.
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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.
Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.
The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.
In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.
“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.
“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”
Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.
“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”
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