This is insane!
Speaking on “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC, Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, said U.S. athletes were entering the Chinese Communist Party’s “surveillance state” in what he called the “Genocide Olympics.”
During the broadcast, he emphasized the magnitude of the Olympics being held in China, saying “we are now having an Olympics held in a country that is currently holding 1 million or more people in camps that look kind of like what was happening in Germany in the 1930s,” before mentioning that the U.S. was sending athletes “to the surveillance state, that’s conducting genocide.”
Pompeo has been calling for a U.S. boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, for the better part of a year, saying doing so was “rewarding” Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Expressing his concern, the former Secretary of State queried what China would do if athletes spoke out about the communist country, saying, “who knows how the Chinese will respond if one of our young people – or a young person from another country – decides to say what they really think about the Chinese Communist Party?” Before remarking that the CCP had “held people in detention for much less.”
He continued his lament saying, the “surveillance state” would capture every word spoken by an athlete while they’re in the country, adding that he was praying “the surveillance state will not decide that they want to take an American and not let them return home when these games are over.”
Concluding his remarks, he first said athletes should be able to speak their minds about the current situation in China but warned that while they were in China, “they need to be very careful.”
The interview also touched on U.S. readiness for nuclear attacks. Pompeo revealed he believed it would take the U.S. “a handful of years” to catch up to the hypersonic missile capabilities of China and Russia, saying that while the two nations were not yet in a position to put the U.S. at “true risk.” However, he continued saying the country needed to “make sure that we are doing the right thing in establishing a model that can both defend the United States from nuclear attack and deter others from conducting such an attack.”