(FreedomBeacon.com)- In an interview with Fox News Digital last Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis said it was a mistake to let US athletes compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying the diplomatic boycott wasn’t enough to stand up to America’s “number-one geopolitical foe.”
DeSantis also blasted NBC’s Olympic coverage for effectively covering up China’s human rights abuses.
Calling the Beijing Games the “genocide Olympics,” DeSantis accused NBC, along with its corporate sponsors of “whitewashing this stuff.” He said the same corporate sponsors that “blow a gasket” over minor issues in the US are “willing to underwrite games” held in a country that commits genocide. “I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on,” DeSantis said.
He also blasted Big Tech companies like Apple and Facebook for refusing to “buck” the Chinese Communist Party. He said Big Tech, along with Hollywood and American financial institutions are all bending the knee to Beijing. As a result, DeSantis said, China wields a great deal of influence over US domestic policy – far more so than the Soviet Union ever did during the Cold War.
China, DeSantis added, is a very formidable adversary” that does not have the best interests of the United States at heart.”
The Florida Republican also praised former President Trump for being the first leader to warn of the close ties between American businesses and China. While many administrations, including Joe Biden’s, “helped to elevate and empower Beijing,” DeSantis explained, Trump did not.
He said the United States should be trying to weaken China’s “grip” over the US economy and political system.
Governor DeSantis also hammered Big Tech for wielding so much power over political speech in the US. Citing the online censorship regarding COVID, he said tech platforms are blocking or censoring anything that does not conform to statements put out by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
At the end of the day, DeSantis explained, a handful of companies shouldn’t be controlling “so much of the political speech in this country” to the point where they are “trying to impose an orthodoxy.”
He noted that once these private companies begin to act as “an arm of the government,” the First Amendment protections over free speech apply.