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Hakeem Jeffries faults Trump for spike in Asian harassment

Added 03-30-20 08:22:02pm EST - “House Democrats slammed President Trump's past remarks dubbing the disease crippling the nation as the "Chinese Coronavirus," warning its the kind of remark that's increasingly putting Asian Americans at risk of racial harassment.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Dems fault Trump for spike in Asian harassment in light of coronavirus ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Democrats slammed President Trump’s past remarks dubbing the disease crippling the nation as the “Chinese Coronavirus,” warning its the kind of remark that’s increasingly putting Asian Americans at risk of racial harassment.

Leaders from the Congressional Asian Pacific American, Black and Hispanic caucuses said the president has the responsibility to do more to push back on this kind of rhetoric, in light of the comments he walked back last week.

“We’ve seen the consequences of his hateful words, cause grave damage and injury to Americans of different types throughout his tenure,” Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said. “It’s our hope certainly that he will cut it out, that he will recognize that he’s undermining the ability of the American people to successfully fight this pandemic by recklessly using language that stereotypes in an evidence-free fashion.”

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CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu, California Democrat, recounted several stories she’s heard of Asian Americans facing discrimination ranging from “dirty looks and insults” to physical violence. She said one boy in Los Angeles was sent to the hospital after being accused of having the coronavirus.

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