Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican from South Carolina, says it’s totally unacceptable for Americans to disrespect the flag that “people have fought and died for,” making reference to Olympians who are currently preparing to, or already have, participated in anti-American protests.
”To have our country, who is the beacon of hope for so many, to have the athletes … it’s a privilege, not a right, to compete. They earned that right, but they do it in universities and in states of higher learning that are paid for by taxpayers, which represent the American way of life,” Norman stated during the Monday edition of Newsmax’s ”American Agenda.”
”If you want your five minutes of fame, go do it somewhere else,” he went on to say. ”Don’t do it on the national stage like this. There’s no place for it, and it’s time for it to end.”
Norman is one of several GOP lawmakers threatening to dissolve and replace the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee board of directors if its leadership does not take disciplinary action against athletes who protest.
In a letter to the USOPC, Norman and the other lawmakers said they have ”serious concerns about radical, anti-American statements” recently made by Olympic athletes and asked the board to enforce Article 50 of the IOC rules, which prohibits ”demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” from ”any Olympic sites, venues, or other areas.”advertisement — content continues below
”The Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act, enacted in October 2020, gives Congress the power, through a joint resolution, to dissolve the USOPC Board of Directors, terminate recognition of the USOPC as a national governing body of the U.S. Olympic teams, and replace the dissolved committee with a governing body that can adequately represent America and its athletes on the world stage,” they wrote.
Gwen Berry, an Olympic hammer thrower, turned her back on the American flag during the trials that took place back in June. A transgender BMX freestyle rider named Chelsea Wolfe actually stated that the main reason she wanted to win was so she could “burn a US flag on the podium.”
Why the intense anger? Because of Trump’s position about transgender girls in sports. Hate to break it to Wolfe, but that particular position is pretty common sense for folks who don’t deny basic science.
Norman himself went on to urge Olympic athletes who feel the need to protest not to get up on the stage if they win or place.
”Let politics stay out of it. If they disagree, then there’s a time and a place for them to get involved … and work for what they think is the right way to do it. Not on the Olympic stage,” he said in conclusion.