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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Sunday mentioned he believes it might be a “mistake” to name for a full boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and as a substitute mentioned American athletes should go over there and “kick their commie a—-.”

When pressed on whether or not he supported a full boycott of the Beijing Olympics subsequent February, Cruz informed CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he believes it might harm athletes who’ve skilled for the chance. He mentioned he had initially known as for the Olympics to be moved out of China, however famous the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “refused to do that.”

“I think it’s a mistake to have a full boycott of the Olympics. Jimmy Carter tried that in the 1970s. All it did was punish a generation of athletes,” Cruz mentioned. “We’ve got young men and young women, Americans who spent their whole lives practicing for this moment. I don’t want to punish those young athletes.”

Sen. Ted Cruz listens throughout a Senate Foreign Relations Committee listening to on March 23, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool by way of AP)

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Cruz, a possible 2024 Republican contender for president, mentioned he would agree with a diplomatic boycott by the Biden administration and not sending high-ranking Cabinet officers over to Beijing. He then mentioned the U.S. should “show the courage the Women’s Tennis Association is showing to call out the murder, the genocide, the torture, the lies, the complicity in COVID-19 of Chinese Communist government, to speak the truth.”

President Joe Biden meets virtually with China's President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2021. 

President Joe Biden meets nearly with China’s President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2021. 
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“I really hope our young men and women that they go over there and kick their commie a—-,” Cruz continued. “We need to win in the Olympics.”

Margaret Brennan later requested Cruz whether or not he believed companies like Coca-Cola and Google should proceed with their sponsorship of the Games, prompting Cruz to say he would “love to see corporations show a tiny bit of courage” and mentioned it “makes sense” for them to minimize off their adverts.

“When China engages in horrific slave labor, companies like Nike turned a blind eye. When you look at the NBA – I’m a diehard hoops fan – the NBA’s reaction to China is terrible,” Cruz mentioned. “They’re terrified of upsetting the Chinese communist dictators. They value the money so much that in fact, you know, you and I both remember when Daryl Morey, who was the general manager of the [Houston] Rockets, sent one little innocuous tweet about Hong Kong, and the NBA bent over backward groveling to the Chinese communists.”

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who can also be rumored as a doable 2024 candidate, informed Fox News earlier this month that the “United States must boycott the Olympics completely.”

“That includes our president. Attending sends a message that America is willing to turn a blind eye as Communist China commits genocide,” Haley added.

Nikki Haley speaks during the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Nikki Haley speaks in the course of the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg by way of Getty Images)

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., one other potential 2024 contender, said this previous week the administration should “mount a complete and total boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics – no athletes, no administration officials, no corporate sponsors.”