House Republicans express deep concerns over U.S. Olympic athletes’ plans to protest during games

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Gwendolyn Berry (L), third place, turns away from U.S. flag during the U.S. National Anthem as DeAnna Price (C), first place, and Brooke Andersen, second place, also stand on the podium after the Women’s Hammer Throw final on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:40 PM PT – Thursday, July 8, 2021

House Republicans have expressed their concerns about U.S. Olympic athletes protesting against America. A group of 39 Republicans recently penned a letter to the U.S. Olympic committee, urging them to enforce rules in the international Olympic charter. Thus, prohibiting political expression.

The letter’s signees included Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.). “We are deeply concerned by the growing trend of American athletes taking advantage of the international platform afforded by the Olympic Games to perpetuate divisive, hateful and anti-American ideologies,” the lawmakers said in the letter.

This comes as multiple U.S. Olympic athletes, including BMX freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe and hammer thrower Gwen Berry have vowed to express anti-U.S. sentiments during their appearances at the games. Meanwhile, the White House has continued to side with the anti-American athletes.

Republicans have said they hope all athletes representing America at the Olympic Games do so patriotically. “It is our hope that members of the U.S. Olympic Team stop abusing their platform to spout shameful anti-American rhetoric,” they said.

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