And Democrats accuse President Trump of racism and name-calling.
A Democratic legislator in Michigan actually referred to her Asian opponent in the state senate race as “ching-chang” and “ching-chong.”
And Rep. Bettie Cook Scott was not caught making the repeated remarks behind the scenes but in public, outside polling stations during this week’s primaries, according to the Detroit Metro Times.
Allegedly insulting her Democrat opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang, Scott also reportedly attacked one of Chang’s campaign volunteers as an “immigrant” and said “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”
Chang, who won the Democratic primary for Sen. District 1 with 49 percent of the vote, slammed Cook’s comments as “offensive to all Asian-Americans.”
“It isn’t about me,” she told Metro Times. “It’s about an elected official disrespecting entire populations, whether they be Asian-American, immigrant, or residents of Sen. District 1 or [Cook’s] own current House district.”
Scott, who was endorsed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in her senate bid, issued an apology Thursday after a demand by many organizations, including the Association of Chinese Americans and the African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs, the Metro Times reported.
“I deeply regret the comments I made that have proven hurtful to so many,” Scott said in a statement through her representative, Bill Noakes. “Those are words I never should have said.
“I humbly apologize to Representative Chang, her husband, Mr. Gray, and to the broader Asian American community for those disparaging remarks. In the divisive age we find ourselves in, I should not contribute further to that divisiveness.
“I have reached out to Representative Chang to meet with her so that I may apologize to her in person. I pray she and the Asian American community can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Chang’s husband, Sean Gray, told Metro Times he had asked Scott to stop after hearing her make the disparaging comments.
“I … asked her not to speak about my wife in that manner. At that time she said to the voter that ‘these immigrants from China are coming over and taking our community from us.’ Further, she said it ‘disgusts her seeing black people holding signs for these Asians and not supporting their own people,'” he said.
Gray, who is African-American, also said Scott called him a “fool” for marrying Chang.
“Thanks for voting for me, you don’t need to vote for that ching-chang,” Scott allegedly told a voter at another precinct, according to The Metro Times.
“As an African-American woman, I’ve been called the N-word before in my life and you never forget it,” Kalaya Long, a volunteer with Voices of Women to Win, told the Metro Times. “Each time it’s shocking and appalling and disgusting, so when you hear someone that’s a minority and a woman using slurs against another minority that’s a woman, it’s just mind boggling and it just felt dirty.”
The Michigan Democratic Party condemned Scott’s behavior in a statement calling for an apology soon after the initial reports.
“We expect better from anyone who wants to call themselves a Michigan Democrat. Bettie Cook Scott needs to apologize to the entire Asian American community,” the Michigan Democratic Party said in a statement. “If an individual doesn’t share our fundamental values of tolerance, decency, and respect, they should find another party.”
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