Tom Cotton Grills Coca-Cola Executive: You'll Sponsor "Genocide Olympics" In China But Protest Voting Laws In Georgia? | Video | RealClearPolitics

Tom Cotton Grills Coca-Cola Executive: You'll Sponsor "Genocide Olympics" In China But Protest Voting Laws In Georgia?

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During a hearing Tuesday on corporate sponsorship of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Sen. Tom Cotton grilled Coca-Cola "Global Vice President for Human Rights" Paul Lalli about why the company is "sponsoring a genocide Olympics" in China next year. He needles them about taking a political stance on the state of Georgia's election laws while ignoring the actions of the Chinese government.

"Can you tell me why Coca-Cola 'doesn't have a say' in whether it sponsors a genocide Olympics next year, but it does have a say in how the state of Georgia runs its election laws?" the senator asked.

"We're aware" of reports about Xinjiang, the Coca-Cola executive said. "We do not have a say in the selection of the host city, nor on whether an Olympics is postponed or relocated."


"You could just make a statement," Cotton said. "Your CEO could get on the same moral high horse he got on when Georgia passed this election law and write a letter."

"We are most engaged on policy issues here at home, but we are clear on our respect for human rights globally," the Coca-Cola representative said.

"Every single one of you refuses to say a single word, by all appearances, that will cost you one bit of market-share inside of mainland China," Cotton said to the assembled witnesses.
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