Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong started burning LeBron James jerseys on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, after the NBA player criticized Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
James claims that there are “negatives” to the American tradition of free speech, citing Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong protestors tweets, which has led many people to believe that these comments were made to try to placate the Chinese.
After all, the NBA makes over $500 million in the Chinese market.
According to ESPN reports, the protestors chanted in support of Morey and criticized James on Tuesday.
It’s no secret that China is seeking to flex in Hong Kong, which the British handed over to in 1997 and is slated to be fully incorporated in its political system by 2047.
Many Hong Kongers recognize this inevitable fact and have taken advantage of the introduction of an extradition bill earlier this year to protest Beijing’s heavy-handed rule.
When the Rockets GM tweeted in solidarity with the Hong Kong protestors, the NBA bowed down to China and had Morey delete his pro-freedom tweet.
On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers star chimed in and criticized Morey for sympathizing with those fighting for freedom and even scoffed at Morey’s free speech rights.
“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James declared. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others when you only think about yourself.”
“So many people could have been harmed,” James claimed, “not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”
However, supporters of the pro-freedom protestors slammed James’ comments.
“James was trying, you know, to take a side, on the China side, which is, like, ridiculous,” Aaron Lee told ESPN. “He was being honest financially. Financial is money. Simple as that. LeBron James stands for money. Period.”
This latest NBA drama with China should remind people of the toxic influence China is starting to have over American institutions.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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