Rep. Michelle Steele (R-Calif.), one of the first three Korean American members of Congress, said in an interview that aired on Sunday that she has faced racist attacks, including being called Chairman Mao.
Steele appeared on a segment of CNN’s “State of the Union” along with Rep. Young Kim (R-Calif), a fellow Korean American congresswoman with whom she has been friends for over 30 years.
While talking about the racist behavior she has encountered, Steele told host Dana BashDana BashKhashoggi fiancée: Not punishing Saudi crown prince would be ‘stain on our humanity’Senate Democrat: Saudi relationship being ‘recalibrated’Sunday shows – Trump’s reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominateMORE that she has also been accused of eating dogs.
I can’t say it on TV, but, you know racist my favorite [was] Chairman Mao, Steele said.
Rep. Michelle Steel and Rep. Young Kim, the first GOP Korean American congresswomen, discuss the impact of rising anti-Asian hate and harassment, their personal experiences and their hopes to diversify the Republican Party. @DanaBashCNN reports. https://t.co/mDxBkgLq73#CNNSOTUpic.twitter.com/PjH2nyIBRS
State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 21, 2021
During the same interview, Kim said the anti-Asian rhetoric from some of her GOP colleagues and former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden hampered by lack of confirmationsLetlow wins Louisiana special House election to replace late husbandNumber of migrant children in US custody passed 15,000: reportMORE was completely wrong, insensitive.
Bash asked Kim if she believed the rhetoric contributed to the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
You know, the words of the leaders have consequences. They need to be careful about what they say because people really take that to heart, Kim responded.
Several Democratic Asian American members of Congress, such as Rep. Grace MengGrace MengTrump reference to COVID-19 as ‘Chinese virus’ prompted increase in anti-Asian hashtags: studyThe Hill’s Morning Report Presented by Facebook Biden delivers 100 million shots in 58 days, doses to neighborsThe Memo: America faces long war with extremismMORE (N.Y.), have directly blamed Trump for contributing to the rise in anti-Asian American violence such as the deadly shootings last week in Atlanta that left six Asian-American women dead.
“People cannot work, and they cannot put food on the table for their families. They have to do something about it, and then we are the victim, we just Asian Americans just became the victim. So we really have to change that,” Kim added on CNN.