• The NBA — and the President — Drop the Ball on Recent Reactions to China

    Surge Summary: The Chinese government is a villainous, murderous nation, period. It’s not even close. Yet, some Americans refuse to acknowledge and speak that undeniable truth.

    Sigh. Remember that time in America where people could enjoy a sporting event without it’s becoming a huge politically charged controversial event? Ah, for the good old days.

    From Neal Freyman over at morningbrew.com

    Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted (then quickly deleted) a message of support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong last Friday, earning negative reviews from Chinese basketball fans, the Chinese government, and Chinese businesses…many of which don’t approve of the protests.

    The NBA cringe-worthily acknowledged the tweet “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China,” but apparently the damage was already done.

    Businesses around China moved to sever connections with the team. Tencent, for example, which streamed NBA content to nearly half-a-billion Chinese fans last season, said it would suspend Rockets live streams.

    Alibaba co-founder and Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai criticized Morey’s tweet: “the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.

    Oh, boo-hoo. The People’s Republic is visiting horrors on multitudes of its subjects and you’re “hurt” that a team owner briefly cheered on Hong Kong’s liberty before pulling it back? Seriously, priorities, please?

    Meanwhile, around the United States, politicians and commentators knocked the league for buckling before China’s authoritarian government for the sake of  its billion-dollar dreams.

    Bottom line: The NBA is known for being “woke” on social issues at home, but its stance on China threatens that reputation.

    This shameful episode, of course, unfurled in the wake of President Trump’s truly, truly disgraceful tweet to the Chinese dictator last week:

    Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!

    Congratulations? Sixty-million dead laid at the Chi-com regime’s feet? Off and on persecution of various minorities and uncooperative citizens? Escalating harassment and oppression towards Chinese Christians even as we read these words, and concentration camps (“laogai”) packed with Turkic-ethnic Uyghers? All of it gussied up with some capitalist decoration?

    Shocking, Mr. President, even by the low-standards of your tweets.

    Newt Gingrich recently released a piece entitled, “Why Do Some Americans Lie About the Chinese Communist Dictatorship?” He specifically targets former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, but he could have taken a swipe at Donald Trump or the NBA had the timing been a little different.

    China is a menace, a godless Communist tyranny that would gladly take over the world if it could do so. Every American needs to consistently pronounce that verdict in unison, over and over and over again.

    H/T: Neal Freyman/morningbrew.com

    H/T: Newt Gingrich

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