Ryan Zinke under fire for using Japanese term to greet Dem lawmaker: How could saying ‘Good morning’ be bad?’

The pettiness of hypersensitive progressive Democrats knows no bounds when it comes to obstructing the governing ability of the Trump White House.

Interior Secretary  finds himself the target of such pettiness after using the Japanese greeting “konnichiwa,” as he responded to a question from a lawmaker with Japanese ancestry.

Zinke used the greeting at a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee in an apparent show of respect for her heritage after Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, asked about funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites program.

“I think it’s still ‘ohayo gozaimasu,’ but that’s okay,” Hanabusa said, correcting the secretary.

Democrat lawmakers and their media allies were immediately outraged, saying that Zinke was advancing negative stereotypes about Japanese Americans.

Hanabusa was quick to play the race card, comparing the remark to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War Two — which took place under Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“When chose to address me in Japanese (when no one else was greeted in their ancestral language), I understood ‘this is precisely why Japanese Americans were treated as they were more than 75 years ago. It is racial stereotyping.” she tweeted.

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, also got in on bashing the Trump administration official.

“The internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans is no laughing matter, @SecretaryZinke. What you thought was a clever response to @RepHanabusa was flippant & juvenile,” she tweeted.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., took hypersensitivity to a whole other level, claiming Zinke treated Hanabusa “as if she did not speak English.”

“Rather than greet her like he would any other Member of Congress, he responded to her as if she did not speak any English,” the Democrat said in a statement, according to The Arizona Republic.

As for Zinke, he  dismissed the criticism over using the term, telling the paper, “How could ever saying ‘Good morning’ be bad?”

Tom Tillison


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