On Saturday, Politico published an article trashing Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, who died after being held by North Korea. His “crime?” According to Politico, Warmbier criticized North Korea’s Olympic spirit.
According to Politico:
The father of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier said Saturday that North Korea is not participating in the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, criticizing the nation that held his son in captivity until he was released last year and died shortly after returning to the U.S.
“We have to put this in context in the spirit of the Olympics and why we’re here,” Fred Warmbier told NBC’s Lester Holt according to excerpts from an interview set to air in full Saturday evening. “And so when you put it that way they’re not really participating in the Olympics.”
He continued: “Their athletes are not exchanging ideas with other athletes in the Olympic Village or really participating, so that’s a political statement.”
Fred Warmbier is attending the Olympics as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence and member of the U.S. delegation.
Of course, Politico omitted one detail — North Korea was responsible for Warmbier’s son’s death.
Naturally, Twitter wasn’t impressed:
Well if it was your son who was tortured to death, I would hope you would criticize also.
— B.Smith in OK (@br8veheart) February 11, 2018
And Politico jumps on the US media running NK propaganda train that left the station a day ago. All Aboard!
— Kevin D Jones (@Kevin_D_Jones) February 11, 2018
This is what he is saying, you idiots… who would trash a father who lost a son after it was tortured by NK: He continued: “Their athletes are not exchanging ideas with other athletes in the Olympic Village or really participating, so that's a political statement." THIS. THIS.
— karen k (@kbk3n3) February 11, 2018
You defend Khizr Khan but attack Fred Warmbier … pretty hypocritical
— J. Chris Dias (@cdiasmd) February 11, 2018
Of course — One fits the liberal template while the other doesn’t…
THEY KILLED HIS SON!!!!!
— Nick Plott (@Nick_Plott9) February 11, 2018
#NorthKorea is responsible for some of the most appalling human rights abuses in world. They have kidnapped foreign nationals, murdered own people, and practised systematic torture and abuse of its citizens just for the "crime" of watching SK TV.
NK deserves far worse criticism.
— Doug Quixote (@DeTroyes1) February 11, 2018
Of course, there was the obligatory Pence hate.
By taking the Warmbiers to SoKo the @VP is doing all he can to sew the seeds of war! Sadly he is using them to advance the Trump agenda!! 😳
— Karen Tosado (@marie5483) February 11, 2018
Pence is using Warmbier as a political prop. The Olympics are not the time and place for this.
— Me! (@indiblue4) February 11, 2018
It doesn’t take much to NOT write anything if you can’t write something nice about a parent whose child was basically murdered by North Korea.
Be better, POLITICO.
- Teen social justice mag: Otto Warmbier deserved to die because of whiteness
- Univ. of Delaware fires prof who said Otto Warmbier ‘got exactly what he deserved’
- North Korea: Mass imprisonment, starvation, cannibalism — possible mass executions
- North Korea to progressives: Join us in war against U.S.
- North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile
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