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Biden, Georgia and the Beijing Olympics


When President Biden publicly lobbied Major League Baseball last week to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia, he no doubt thought he was on the side of the angels. But now what is he going to do about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics?

Mr. Biden objects to Georgia’s new voting law as an “atrocity,” though it offers more avenues to vote than New York and Delaware, among other states. The President is so offended that he asked a sports league to boycott an American state, doing economic harm to the Atlanta area, and essentially smearing the state Legislature as bigots.

We can’t wait to see what the U.S. President is going to say about China’s voting rules. There are no lines at polling places in the Middle Kingdom because there are no polling places, no absentee ballot controversies because there are no ballots. The country is run by a leadership cadre of the Chinese Communist Party, and its decisions are ratified by the rubber-stamp National People’s Congress that meets once a year.

Perhaps Mr. Biden can compare the voting rules in Georgia to those in the re-education camps in Xinjiang province. His own Secretary of State says China is committing genocide against the Uighurs.

He could send Rob Manfred as an emissary to investigate, since the MLB commissioner is trying to expand his league’s business in China even as it boycotts an American state. Surely Chinese President Xi Jinping would let Mr. Manfred inspect the camps, and why not bring along fellow Georgia boycott enthusiast LeBron James to certify that the Uighurs are cheerful in their work?

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