For President Joe Biden, some protests and boycotts are easy to back — particularly, it seems, if they're targeting political enemies in America.
What are the details?
Take, for instance, the dust-up this spring over Major League Baseball's All-Star Game that was slated to be held in Atlanta — and amid the passage of Georgia's voting law that battled back against fraud at the polls.
Leftist activists put a ton of pressure on the MLB to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta — and surprise, surprise, Biden backed the idea.
"I think today's professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly," Biden said in an interview with ESPN at the time. "I would strongly support them doing that."
"People look to them; they're leaders," he added in reference to sports becoming more woke and social-justice focused in the last few years. "Look at what happened with the NBA, as well. Look what's happened across the board. The very people who were victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it's just not right."
Biden also repeated lies about the voting law: "This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they're doing in Georgia and 40 other states. What's it all about? Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote. Can't do that? Come on. Or you're going to close the polling place at 5 o'clock when people just get off? This is all about keeping working folks that I grew up with from being able to vote."
And lo and behold, baseball Commission Rob Manfred pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, saying the move was "the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport." (Manfred, of course, got massive payback after the underdog Atlanta Braves unexpectedly punched their ticket to the World Series — and then delivered the death blow by winning the Fall Classic.)
What about protesting China?
While White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday that U.S. diplomats won't attend the 2022 Olympics in Beijing over China's "ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, and other human rights abuses," it was reported Thursday that the Biden administration won't pressure U.S. companies to drop their sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.
"What individual companies do is entirely up to them. We’re not going to pressure them one way or another," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told Bloomberg reporters and editors. "So if a company decides — as many companies have — that they want to make a statement against human rights abuses, then that would be great. But we’re not going to be pushing anyone to make that decision."
Interestingly, after the diplomatic boycott was announced, a Chinese official said the communist nation would unleash "resolute countermeasures" and that "the U.S. will pay a price for its practices."
What's been the reaction?
Did China's reaction to the diplomatic boycott influence the Biden administration to say it wouldn't pressure U.S. companies to drop sponsorships of the Olympics? It's anyone's guess. But Biden is getting called out in some corners for soft-pedaling China while taking a hard line against Georgia's voting law.
The Federalist called out the blatant incongruity, as did Mark Hemingway of RealClearInvestigations: