Sen. Reid On ‘Made In China’ U.S. Olympic Uniforms: ‘Burn Them’

Yesterday, ABC News made a curious discovery about the U.S. Olympic uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren: The pride of America, as they put it, will be wearing red, white and blue attire made in China.

“Every item in the uniforms that the U.S. athletes will be wearing at the opening ceremony in London will carry an overseas label,” ABC reported.

The U.S. Olympic Committee told ABC that the team is “privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors.” They added: “We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”

The Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, from Nevada, had a different opinion about that.

Here’s what he told The Wall Street Journal today:

“Mr. Reid said he thought ‘they should take all the outfits, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over.’

“Not satisfied, the Democratic leader then had a suggestion for what revised uniforms should look like: ‘If they have to wear nothing but a singlet saying USA on it painted by hand, that’s what they should do.'”

And if you thought making the uniforms in China was a money-saving venture, you’d be mistaken. At least to consumers, the uniforms will cost a pretty pennt. A polo shirt retails for $145 and a blazer goes for $795.

What do you think? How much does where the uniform is made matter?

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