AUSTIN, Texas — Hate continues to find a home in the Texas GOP, as the anti-Asian comments of yet another Texas Republican recently came to light. During a GOP forum in Arlington last week, Sery Kim, a Republican candidate for Texas’ 6th Congressional district, said she does not want Chinese immigrants in the United States and repeated hateful, xenophobic rhetoric around COVID-19. The comments prompted Young Kim and Michelle Steel, the first Korean-American Republican women to serve in Congress, to withdraw their support from Kim’s campaign.
Kim’s comments are unfortunately nothing new from Texas Republicans, who have stoked hatred against Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Hateful, racist rhetoric from Texas Republicans like Sen. John Cornyn has directly affected AAPI communities in Texas and beyond, with anti-Asian violence on the rise across the U.S., and communities still reeling from last month’s domestic terror attack in Atlanta. Today, Texas has the country’s fourth-highest rate of anti-Asian hate incidents, yet Texas GOP leaders like Governor Greg Abbott have refused to act — while others have actively fueled hatred and put Texans in danger, such as in the case of Congressman Chip Roy’s (TX-21) disgusting comments last month condoning lynching.
While Texas Republicans continue to make our country less safe, President Biden is taking the lead to counter anti-Asian violence and protect all Americans from hate. Last week, the Biden-Harris administration announced they are boosting measures to combat anti-Asian violence and discrimination, including creating a task force to address coronavirus-fueled xenophobia against Asian-Americans and increasing funding for AAPI survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In Texas, Democrats are also pushing to end anti-Asian hate, including through HCR 66, a resolution condemning racism against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, authored by State Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston).
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“For the past year, Republicans across the country have put targets on the backs of Asian Americans. The sharp rise in hate crimes towards our AAPI communities comes as a direct result of Donald Trump, John Cornyn and too many other GOP leaders using hateful, racist language throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The news of yet another Texas Republican using hateful rhetoric is appalling, but sadly not surprising.
“Words have consequences. Texas Republicans must stop attacking our communities and stop putting Texans in danger. Democrats will continue to stand in solidarity with AAPI communities in Texas and beyond. Whether by supporting President Biden’s measures to combat anti-Asian hate, or promoting Rep. Wu’s resolution condemning racism against AAPI communities, we will keep pushing to stop the violence, end the hate, and keep Texans safe.”