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NY Dem politicians smell blood, pounce on Jesse Watters for ‘Trump-inspired’ Chinatown segment

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A New York Democrat blasted Fox News’ Jesse Watters over a recent segment he did in Chinatown and made it clear Watters was not welcome back.

Watters came under fire from critics, to include some Asian-American groups, who charge he employed stereotypes and generalizations about Chinese people in man-on-the-street interviews he did on Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

“Under the guise of asking residents of Manhattan’s Chinatown their thoughts on Donald Trump, O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters brought the kind of disrespect to my constituents that has been all too common this election cycle: stereotyping, mockery and a thinly veiled disdain for immigrants,” New York state Sen. Daniel Squadron said in a statement.

It didn’t take him long to somehow blame it on Donald Trump.

“Unfortunately, one of the real costs of Trump’s divisiveness is the climate of racism and disrespect it’s made commonplace in our national discourse. That’s unacceptable in Chinatown, unacceptable in New York, and must be unacceptable on Fox News,” the lawmaker continued. “And to Jesse Watters: welcome to my district — hope you don’t come back.”

Watters responded to the controversy by taking to social media to point out that he’s a political humorist and to say he regrets if anyone was offended:

With a presidential election hanging in the balance, Democrats like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio looked to take advantage of the incident by playing it up:

But others reminded Hizzoner that he may have more important things on his plate than trying to tip the scales in the November election.

Either way, de Blasio was successful in redirecting the fire… toward him! Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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