Yesterday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Russia would be officially banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea for cheating.
And while its Olympic cheating is clearly a major deal, everyone on social media immediately started thinking of a different Russia scandal — and the tweets about Russia’s Olympic ban and Donald Trump are already pretty hilarious.
The unprecedented ban handed down on Tuesday is a punishment after the Olympic powerhouse was found guilty of a major state-sponsored doping scandal that occurred during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, per The New York Times. A team associated with Russia’s sports ministry reportedly tampered with 100 urine samples to hide the evidence of steroid use by Russian athletes, resulting in disputed wins and the disqualification of more than two dozen athletes. So for the upcoming games, Russia, as a nation, will not be allowed to participate. No officials, no flags, no medals, nada. (Athletes with a history of “rigorous” drug testing will be allowed to compete under a neutral uniform, per the Times.)
As you already know, that’s not the only cheating Russia has been accused of. Russia had meddled in the 2016 election, with the intent of helping to elect Donald Trump.
So when Twitter heard about the new news about Russian cheating, everyone thought the same thing.
And the Trump tweets about how the Olympics are rigged and Russia shouldn’t be banned should hit in… pic.twitter.com/OsiLFv4uJY
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) December 5, 2017
Can’t wait for Trump to tweet, “If anyone should be banned from the Olympics it’s Hillary Clinton! Russia did nothing wrong, Vladimir Putin told me himself. FAKE NEWS!”
— Jules (@jules_su) December 5, 2017
Trump about to announce the treatment of Russia has been very unfair and they’re having their own 2018 winter olympics at Mar a lago
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 5, 2017
Considering the Trump’s friendliness with Vladimir Putin and his apparent unwillingness to accept the reality of Russian election meddling, some people were quick to bring up the idea that the president might be supporting a different flag.
According to the IOC’s statement about the decision, the punishment is no slap on the wrist, either. The entire Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) is suspended as well, effective immediately, and Russian officials have been booted off the commission organizing the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing as well as kicked out of the IOC itself. Additionally, the ROC is being billed for the cost of the investigation into the doping scheme, and fined $15 million U.S. dollars in order to “build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system.”