Rep. Dan Crenshaw accuses Rep. Ted Lieu of 'woke virtue signaling' after Lieu warned of xenophobia from what GOP members are calling coronavirus
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas called a Democratic colleague "out of touch" after he raised concern over the xenophobia that emerged in the wake of the coronavirus. Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California on Twitter expressed his condolences to a Republican lawmaker, who quarantined himself in light of a coronavirus scare. In the same tweet, Lieu also cautioned the Republican to stop referring to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus." Crenshaw characterized Lieu's statements as "some woke virtue signaling." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas called a Democratic colleague "out of touch" after he raised concern over the xenophobia that emerged in the wake of the coronavirus. Crenshaw on Tuesday criticized Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California after he expressed his condolences to Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who quarantined himself after learning he may have been exposed to the coronavirus from a guest at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in late February. Gosar joins several other Republican lawmakers who quarantined themselves after interacting with the guest who tested positive, including Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina. Gosar said on Twitter that he and his quarantined staff were "all asymptomatic and feel great," but were also "being proactive and cautious." "Keep the person in the hospital in your prayers," Gosar added.
Lieu replied to Gosar's tweet and said he would pray for him, his staff, "and the person hospitalized." In the same tweet, Lieu also cautioned Gosar that referring to the coronavirus or COVID-19 as "the Wuhan Virus" was "an example of the myopia that allowed it to spread in the US." "The virus is not constrained by country or race," Lieu said, adding that it would be "just as stupid to call it the Milan Virus," as he referred to the Italy's drastic measures to combat the spread of the disease in the country. Crenshaw; however, took issue with the Lieu's note. "When you're so out of touch with reality that your colleague announces the need to quarantine himself, and your reaction is 'this seems like a great opportunity for some woke virtue signaling,'" Crenshaw said in a reply to Lieu. Other lawmakers and conservative media personalities have described the coronavirus as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus, weeks after it spread to other countries. Scientists believe the epidemic originated from Wuhan, China; however, activists have urged the media and others "to ensure accurate and fair portrayals of Asians and Asian-Americans," and avoid fueling xenophobia during the outbreak.
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), for instance, urged news organizations to be cognizant of using "generic images of Chinatown," such as when "it is directly related to a news story, not as a way to illustrate the virus." Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California in a tweet described it as the "Chinese coronavirus," prompting the Northern California-based newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, to publish a critical opinion column. "Anti-Chinese racism has a long and tragic history in California," The Bee's editorial board wrote. "Unfortunately ... Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield seemed to awaken the ghost of California's anti-Asian prejudice this week by going out of his way to inject racist overtones into the already tense situation around the coronavirus." "Perhaps McCarthy framed the coronavirus in racial terms by accident," the board added. "Or maybe he knew exactly what he was doing. Either way, McCarthy should apologize for his offensive tweet and pledge to do better."Join the conversation about this story »
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'Unrepentant racist' and 'bulls---': Both Republicans and Democrats lawmakers condemn the idea of reinstating Steve King after racist comments
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, whose controversial remarks stripped him of his congressional committee assignments...Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, whose controversial remarks stripped him of his congressional committee assignments last year, claimed he was being considered to have them reinstated. "I have Kevin McCarthy's word that that will be my time for exoneration," he said in the The Sioux City Journal, referring to the House Minority Leader. The possibility was condemned by House lawmakers, including Republicans who sat on the committee that decides on the lawmakers's placements. "It's bulls---. We have not discussed this at steering," one unnamed lawmaker said to The Hill. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a Republican who was condemned by a bipartisan group of colleagues for his controversial remarks, said he was being considered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to have his committee assignments reinstated. "On April 20, Kevin McCarthy and I reached an agreement that he would advocate to the Steering Committee to put all of my committees back, all of my seniority," King said at an election debate on Monday, according to The Sioux City Journal, which first reported on his comment. "I have Kevin McCarthy's word that that will be my time for exoneration," he reportedly added. The possibility was condemned by House lawmakers, including Republicans who sit on the Steering Committee, which decides on the lawmakers' committee placements. "It's bulls---. We have not discussed this at steering," an unnamed Steering Committee lawmaker said in The Hill. "As long as I am a member of the Steering Committee, I will not allow that type of person or that type of ideology to influence the legislation passed by Congress," Republican Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio said in the caption of an Instagram picture that said, "STAND AGAINST RACISM." "He will not be serving on any committee," Stivers added. "Steve King does more to hurt Republican and conservative causes than help." Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California said in a tweet that "nothing has changed." "Steve King is an unrepentant racist," Chu tweeted. "The GOP was right to try to exclude him. Giving him more power now just says they're okay with it." Sources familiar with the situation said McCarthy only agreed for King to plead his case for the restoration of his committees, according to a Politico report. If allowed back, the earliest he would be serving on his old committees would be January 2021. King was stripped of his committee assignments in January 2019, following his remarks in which he questioned how "white supremacist" or "white nationalist" language became offensive in US society. "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive," King said, according to a New York Times report in January. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" King later walked back his comment and described himself as a nationalist and that he did not condone "white nationalism and white supremacy." "The New York Times is suggesting that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy," King said in his statement. "I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define." King, has a documented history of making controversial remarks about race. In 2013, he claimed in a speech that for every valedictorian who was raised in the US after entering the country illegally, "there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."Join the conversation about this story »
Trump broadly claims Chinese-Americans are 'VERY angry' with China, but some Asian-Americans lawmakers say 'we are very angry at you'
Multiple Asian-American lawmakers disputed President Donald Trump's claim that Asian Americans were all "VERY angry" at...Multiple Asian-American lawmakers disputed President Donald Trump's claim that Asian Americans were all "VERY angry" at China. Trump's tweet came one day after a tense exchange with a Chinese-American news reporter. "We are angry that people are dying and our country is #1 in cases and deaths due to a chaotic and uncoordinated response," entrepreneur and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang replied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Multiple Asian-American lawmakers sounded off in protest after President Donald Trump suggested they were all under the same ideological spectrum and angry at China's obfuscation of its coronavirus response, one day after his remarks at a Chinese-American news reporter was alleged to have racially-charged undertones. Trump on Tuesday morning tweeted that Asian-Americans were "VERY angry at what China has done to our Country, and the World," appearing to refer to the Chinese government's history of concealing the early stages of the coronavirus that eventually evolved into a pandemic. "Chinese Americans are the most angry of all," Trump tweeted. "I don't blame them!" The tweet came one day after his tense exchange with CBS correspondent Weijia Jiang, an Asian-American reporter, during a White House press conference in the Rose Garden. Jiang, who was raised in West Virginia after immigrating from China, asked Trump why his administration was touting its coronavirus-testing numbers and comparing them with other countries' totals. President Trump walked out of a press conference abruptly after he got into an argument with CBS’ @weijia and refused to take questions from CNN’s @kaitlancollins pic.twitter.com/MqIh49QkKC — Reuters (@Reuters) May 11, 2020 "Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day?" Jiang asked Trump. Trump, who has previously had heated exchanges with Jiang during press conferences, told her to "ask China." The Communist Party of China has been accused of distorting the number of coronavirus-related cases and deaths and downplaying concerns during the outbreak's early stages in December. "Well, they're losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that's a question you should ask China," Trump said to Jiang. "Don't ask me. Ask China that question. OK? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer." Trump attempted to take a question from another reporter, but Jiang persisted and suggested he may have been singling her out: "Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically — that I should ask China?" Following Trump's Tuesday tweet, Asian-Americans in Congress and in political circles disputed his characterization of their support for his administration. "We are angry that people are dying and our country is #1 in cases and deaths due to a chaotic and uncoordinated response," entrepreneur and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang replied in Trump's tweet. Democratic Rep. Grace Meng of New York also replied to Trump: "We are very angry at you. You use racism to disguise your lack of responsiveness and responsibility. American lives of all backgrounds have been lost. Your words have led to increased discrimination against Asian Americans which will outlast the coronavirus." The president and his administration's characterization of the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" earlier this year was met with contempt from Democratic lawmakers and health officials, who suggested the label was "disparaging an entire ethnic group and culture." "We are now watching in real time as the Republicans change the way they talk about coronavirus, intentionally stoking xenophobia in order to shift attention away from President Trump's truncated response," Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California said in a statement in March. "Trump has repeatedly labeled this pandemic as the 'Chinese virus,' and his loyal Republican followers have come to his defense in increasingly hateful terms," Chu added. "Their words are inciting racism and violence against Asian Americans in the United States."Join the conversation about this story »
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