Ethics probe made criminal referral for Elain Chao; not unique among Trump Cabinet
Mitch McConnell Says Asian Americans Should “Not Face Discrimination”
Senate minority chairman Mitch McConnell, whose wife is of Asian descent, said Thursday of the Georgia mass shootings that “Asian Americans should not be discriminated against anywhere”. What he says: “Committing a crime against anyone because of his or her national origin or race is deeply wrong and contrary to our founding principles,” McConnell (R-Ky.) Said in a statement to Axios. Stay up to date with the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets days after the attack that killed eight – six of them Asian Americans. Although police have not yet labeled it a hate crime, it sparked fear among Asian Americans across the country and a public reckoning of their treatment that emerged from a number of previous attacks. Why It Matters: McConnell, the most prominent Republican in the Senate, hadn’t yet publicly weighed Tuesday’s shooting. Questions about his views were particularly highlighted because his wife, Elai ne Chao, who served as Secretary of Transportation under President Trump, was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She emigrated to the United States when she was eight. Critics blamed Trump’s rhetoric against China after the coronavirus outbreak of fueling a surge in anti-Asian violence in the United States. The former president called COVID-19 a “Chinese virus”. Wuhan Virus “and” Kung Flu. “Go Deeper: The Center for Hate and Extremism Studies at California State University found hate crimes against Asia reported to police in America’s largest cities increased nearly 150% in 2020 Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.