Trump was asked what he is doing to prevent hate crimes against Asian-Americans. He answered I don’t know then proclaimed himself close to Asians.
Q: Domestically, you just tweeted the other day saying that it’s very important that we totally protect Asian Americans.
Trump: Yes, I did. Very important to me. Very important to me. We have to protect our Asian Americans. It’s a very important — that was a very important tweet to me, because I didn’t like things that I was hearing. Please, go ahead.
Q: What’s the concrete measure that you’re taking to combat the hate crimes against Asians?
Trump: Well, I don’t know. All I know is this. Asian Americans in our country are doing fantastically well. I’m very close to them, use know. And they’re doing fantastically well. And I think they appreciate the job we’re doing. But I did want to put that statement out, the social media question, because to me, Asian Americans are a great part of our country. Thank you all very much. We’ll see you soon.
Trump says, "I don't know," when asked what he is doing to prevent hate crimes against Asian-Americans. pic.twitter.com/ByNXJwFUOF
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 26, 2020
Trump whips up hate against Asian-Americans by referring to the coronavirus as the Chinese virus, and then when he is asked what he is going to do about the fact that endangered Asian-Americans, he responds by blowing off the question and retreated into his usual racist grandpa rhetoric about how he is close to the minority in question.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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