Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio criticized Nike for continuing to manufacture its products in China because of the Chinese Communist regime’s use of slave labor while they campaign for ‘equality’ and ‘social justice’ in the United States.
In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartimoro, the Republican senator talked about how big U.S. companies and even the Chamber of Commerce lobby Congress to block bills that could affect their business in China, where the cost of labor much cheaper than in the U.S. due to the Chinese regime’s use of prisoners of conscience as slave labor.
Rubio said these ‘woke’ companies spend all day pretending to be concerned about ‘inequality’ or ‘racism’ and campaign just to look good with the trend, but in their concrete actions they don’t follow any moral principles.
“When you look at their bottom line and the decisions they make, these guys have no problem sending an American job to another country, and they have no problem screwing around with their workers, so that they love to tell us how to spend taxpayer money and lecture us about social justice and equity and whatever other woke label they can come up with, but they’re hypocrites,” the senator said.
In 2018, Nike launched a campaign featuring Colin Kapernick, an American football player with the slogan “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
But the campaign was mired in great controversy because Kapernick was the first athlete to kneel during the national anthem in a form of protest against America’s alleged systemic racism.
The protest then spread to other sports such as the NBA, and even other parts of the world adopted it as a form of solidarity with the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.
The Republican pointed out the huge contradiction that while in the United States they fund campaigns for “equality” or against “racism” in China they negotiate with one of the most brutal regimes in modern history.
“These are companies that are willing to do business and partner with a genocidal government in China, a government that’s actually putting Uyghur Muslims in work camps using slave labor that they’re up here lobbying now to kill our Uyghur or slave labor bill that’s stuck in the House,” Rubio criticized.
“These companies, the hypocrisy is extraordinary, and they get away with it. They get away with it because most of the media won’t cover it for what it is,” the senator added.
Amazed that the Chinese regime has so much influence in the U.S. Congress, to the point that it can block legislation exposing CCP human rights violations, the journalist asked the senator “who is getting paid by the CCP there on Capitol Hill?”
“I don’t know if someone’s getting paid, I can tell you what this is true. The Chinese Communist Party has developed an expertise. They have refined and really mastered the art of deputizing American corporate class to come to Washington, D.C., and be their lobbyist,” the senator revealed.
“And what they tell him is, hey look, you have 2%, 3%, 5% of the market share, and China’s one and a half billion people. You want to keep it, then go to Washington and get your member of Congress to block it or your key member of Congress to block it. So, this place is full of people that love to talk tough on China, but when the rubber meets the road, they’re not there. And the reason why they’re not there is because someone gets to them and says, hey, this is bad for business.”
The senator went a step further and named names of one of the companies that paid lobbyists to interfere with the bill.
“Nike has tried to kill this … and … some of the Chamber of Commerce” also tried.
“… because they’re making money in China, and they don’t want—they don’t care if it is being produced—the products that they’re sourcing are being produced by slaves. They don’t care because it helps the bottom line and their quarterly earnings and everything else, and they’ve got American politicians doing their bidding under the guise of—either secretly or under the guise of economic growth,” Rubio exclaimed.
Last October 25, in an unusual show of compassion and courage a Boston Celtic player, Enes Anter, made headlines for releasing a video criticizing Nike for using slave labor of Uyghurs in Xinajing province who are subjugated by the Chinese regime.
Anter in his video invited the Nike CEO to visit the forced labor camps to see with his own eyes the suffering the Uighurs are subjected to.
“Don’t forget, every time you put those shoes on your feet, or you put that t-shirt on your back, there are so many tears, and so much oppression, and so much blood behind it all,” said the basketball player whose efforts are winning people’s hearts.