Pelosi, others decry spike in anti-Asian violence

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined lawmakers from a congressional group called the Tri-Caucus in denouncing the recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes and violence. (Feb. 19)

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Judy Chu: What started as dirty looks and verbal assault has escalated to physical attacks and violence against innocent Asian-Americans. And just as many Asian-Americans were preparing for the Lunar New Year over the past few weeks, we saw a surge in anti-Asian violence. And we warned that spreading xenophobia would put lives at risk, but our pleas and the guidance from experts were ignored. Donald Trump and Republicans doubled down on using slurs like Wuhan virus, China plague, and Kung Flu, and that tactic succeeded in promoting stigma that directed people's anger at Asian-Americans. The result? Over 3,000 anti-asian coronavirus hate incidents reported in just the last year.

Nancy Pelosi: White supremacy is the biggest bucket of concern when it comes to domestic terrorism. So this issue is specific to these individuals and how we want to help them, but it's also part of a bigger picture. And don't take that from me, that's what the director of the FBI said in September.

Hakim Jeffries: What is happening is a complete and total disgrace. Cut it out. And we're going to make sure that those who are perpetrating this violence are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.