REP LIEU APPLAUDS WHITE HOUSE ACTIONS TO COMBAT ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House announced new actions to respond to the increase in acts of anti-Asian violence, and to advance safety, inclusion, and belonging for all Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. These actions build on the President’s Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, issued his first week in office.
“I thank President Biden for taking new actions to respond to the increase in acts of anti-Asian violence, including the rise of hate against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is exactly the kind of leadership we need during this time and is in stark contract to the former President, who sought to divide us by using racist phrases like “Kung Flu.” The coronavirus pandemic has caused incredible pain for so many Asian Americans, who have been attacked, harassed, and wrongfully blamed for spreading the virus. I am grateful to President Biden for his work to unite our country and look forward to working with his administration to address the needs of the AAPI community. At the end of the day, we are all Americans.”