Friday on MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tonight, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) claimed falsely that former President Trump “put a target on the backs of all Asian Americans in this country.”
Asked about Asian Americans finding themselves “targets of hate nationwide,” and about some of “the purveyors of this hate” sitting “in the U.S. Congress,” Chu replied, “Well, we have to tell them to stop these baseless conspiracy theories. They have to stop perpetuating the foreigner-in-their-own-land stereotype. And they have to stop having stereotypes, such as when Trump called the pandemic the China virus and even Kung Flu and making it seem like China was responsible for the world shutdown.”
Fact check: the coronavirus originated in China.
“He put a target on the backs of all Asian Americans in this country. In fact, there were those, because of that, who wanted to kill APIs, because of their anger about COVID. So, this accusation of Chinese Americans being disloyal to this country only exacerbate the ugly feelings that are about APIs. After all, this anti-Asian hate which did result in 11,500 anti-Asian hate crimes over these last three years. So, We must stop that. I hope that every decent American will call out these conspiracy MAGA Republicans on this and tell them that they have to stop this for the sake of this country.”
Fact check: it is black Americans, not Trump or MAGA Republicans, who are the ones targeting Asian Americans with widespread racial violence. But no Democrat will talk about that, not even Asian American Judy Chu.