Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said there “is no in-between” in how Olympic athletes make choices in choosing which country to represent. Calling out the athletes, she said that “you’re standing for freedom or you’re standing for human rights abuses.”

Haley made these remarks in an interview with RealClearPolitics on Tuesday, Feb. 15. and also referred to the Chinese Communist Party abuses and dictatorship policy.

She said, “In terms of the citizenship, look, China or the U.S.? You have got to pick a side. Period.”

She went on to say, “You’ve got to pick a side because you’re either American or you’re Chinese, and they are two very different countries… Every athlete needs to know when they put their flag on, you’re standing for freedom or you’re standing for human rights abuses. There is no in-between.”

Referring to the human rights persecution the Uighurs are facing in the mainland, Haley said: “I can’t get the images out of my head of people on their knees blindfolded, knowing what’s about to happen to them. I can’t imagine in any way supporting that or propping up China.”

Haley served as the 116th governor of South Carolina in 2011, making her the youngest governor in the U.S. She said it is her “hope and prayer” that Americans understand “that China is the one that gave us COVID. China is the one stealing intellectual property. China is the one committing human rights abuses. And China is the one that has become a surveillance state that is now going to start dictating to our American companies, which is why they’ve started to leave.”

She concluded: “At some point, we need to understand it is time to move on from China.”

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