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Harry Reid on Team USA's Chinese-Made Olympic Uniforms: 'Put Them in a Big Pile & Burn Them
Team USA's Olympic uniforms will be made in America for the 2014 Winter Games. (AP)

Harry Reid on Team USA's Chinese-Made Olympic Uniforms: 'Put Them in a Big Pile & Burn Them

"The Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves."

Ralph Lauren Olympics Made in China

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is so disgusted that the U.S. Olympic athletes will be wearing uniforms made in China that he thinks the outfits should be burned.

"I am so upset," the Nevada Democrat told reporters Thursday. "I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms and put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."

Harry Reid Olympics

He added, "If they have to wear nothing but a singlet with 'USA' on it painted by hand, that's what they should wear."

ABC News reported Wednesday that no part of the Ralph Lauren-designed opening ceremony uniform was made in America.

"We have people in America, in the textile industry, who are desperate for jobs," Reid said. "What the Olympic Committee did is absolutely wrong."

Asked why the athletes' uniforms were not manufactured in the states, the U.S. Olympic Committee told ABC: “The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”

Bradley Scott, a New York fashion designer, told The Blaze in an email he found the "Made in China" labels "simply embarrassing."

"Besides the trade imbalance that exists, we consistently accuse China of slave labor, an underage workforce, forced abortions, imprisonment, manipulation of currency, state controlled media and livelihood," Scott wrote. "Yet, we contract them to make the uniforms to clothe athletes that represent our country which stands for everything the Chinese do not."

He pointed to first lady Michelle Obama's past championing of young American designers, and said those who contribute to the president's re-election campaign "should be livid they were not asked to do this."

"Are they only good for dressing the first lady when she wants to make a statement?" Scott said.

Lauren's Team USA opening ceremony uniforms are similar to the ones he designed for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, which also featured blazers and berets.

From ABC, here's a breakdown of how much each item is retailing for online:

Men:Beret – $55

Tie – $125

Belt – $85

Shirt – $425

Blazer – $795

Trousers – $295

Shoes – $165

Women:Beret – $55

Scarf – $58

Belt – $85

Shirt – $179

Skirt – $498

Blazer – $598

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