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Tucker Carlson: ‘What Does It Tell Us’ That US-Trained Olympian, Who Still Lives Here, Is Competing for China?

By Emily Robertson | February 3, 2022 | 5:26pm EST
Tucker Carlson gives a speech at Politicon. (Photo credit: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
Tucker Carlson gives a speech at Politicon. (Photo credit: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – "What does it tell us" that an Olympic athlete born and trained in the United States of America is competing for China, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Wednesday.

Carlson discussed 18 year-old Chinese-American skier Eileen Gu's decision to compete on China’s team in the 2022 Winter Olympics with “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain.

“I think the only word we can arrive at is ungrateful for her to betray, turn her back on the country that not only just raised her, but turned her into a world-class skier with the training and facilities that only the United States of America can provide," Cain told Carlson. "I hope stardom and the riches that you have earned through betraying America are all worth it because you have definitely sold out.”

“It’s what we’re looking at here because there’s not an American company, honestly, Tucker, there’re very few American companies that wouldn’t and haven’t already done the same thing as Eileen Gu," Cain said. "They’ve already turned their back on the United States of America in exchange for Chinese riches and that’s why she’s a symbol. You want to look at something to be really upset about -- it’s not the ungrateful child of America, it’s the corrupt and weak corporations of America.”

Below is a transcript of this portion of the segment

Tucker Carlson: “Eileen Gu is 18 years old, she’s a skier, she was born in San Francisco. She’s a favorite to win several gold medals in the Winter Olympics in China this year, but she’s not going to be competing for the country of her birth or her citizenship. Instead, she’s going to be on China’s Olympic team. She has one parent who was born in China and she switched sides, despite the fact she’s American. What does this tell us about the moment we are living in and about our future? Will Cain is the co-host of "Fox & Friends Weekend." He’s also the host of 'The Will Cain Podcast' which is excellent; he joins us now. Will, thanks for coming on. This seems like a significant story. Do you think that it is?”

Will Cain: “I think it is. I think it’s a significant story if we consider that it’s about something much bigger than Eileen Gu –” 

Carlson: “Right, exactly.” 

Cain: “First, with Eileen Gu, I mean, it is incredibly – I think the only word we can arrive at is ungrateful for her to betray, turn her back on the country that not only just raised her, but turned her into a world-class skier with the training and facilities that only the United States of America can provide. For her to then turn her back on that in exchange for money is shameful. ‘It’s ungrateful like a child that says 'I’m out of here. I’m moving somewhere else,’ after being raised in a warm home. That’s what she is and she will soon, I suspect, Tucker, come to regret it. I mean, take a look at the Chinese tennis player who dared to speak out about sexual harassment and then mysteriously disappeared. Eilieen Gu, I think, has had to sacrifice her American passport, so welcome to China. I hope stardom and the riches that you have earned through betraying America are all worth it because you have definitely sold out.”

Carlson: “Well, that’s exactly it. And look, this girl’s 18, you know, you make dumb decisions: you get stupid tattoos, you renounce your citizenship to go to China, whatever. You know, young people do dumb things. But there should be collective revulsion as we watch this. Like we shouldn’t make it easy for people to betray their own country, should we?” 

Cain: “We shouldn’t but unfortunately, and this gets to the point which you and I both alluded to a moment ago, this is about something much bigger than Eileen Gu. Look, she’s supported by, she’s sponsored by Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, the Chinese companies like Ultra, which uses Chinese forced labor to bring in cotton to make the shoes and athletic apparel that these athletes make money off of and these corporate CEOs, somewhat tied to the point you were making a little bit earlier about the inherent weakness in American corporations and I would add to that the inherent immorality of capitalism devoid from a moral, principled grounding. It’s what we’re looking at here because there’s not an American company, honestly, Tucker, there’re very few American companies that wouldn’t and haven’t already done the same thing as Eileen Gu. They’ve already turned their back on the United States of America in exchange for Chinese riches and that’s why she’s a symbol. You want to look at something to be really upset about -- it’s not the ungrateful child of America, it’s the corrupt and weak corporations of America.”

Carlson: “No, it’s totally right. I honestly think the shareholder system -- the public company model that we have -- can’t continue, it doesn’t actually work. I mean, these companies aren’t going to thrive if they can’t think long-term and think clearly and they can’t. What do I know? Seems that way. Will Cain, I appreciate your analysis, thank you.” 

Cain: “Thanks, Tucker.” 

Emily Robertson is a CNSNews intern and a senior at Liberty University studying Strategic Communication with a double minor in Government and Politics & Policy. She has written for the Liberty Champion as an opinion writer and news reporter, as well as participated in other extracurricular activities involving law and politics.

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