Former Arkansas government Mike Huckabee has been slapped on Twitter for his ‘racist’ and ‘anti-Asian’ tweet claiming he will ‘identify as Chinese’ so Coca-Cola, Delta and Nike will like him .
‘I have decided to’ identify ‘as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I will probably get shoes from Nike and tickets to @MLB games. Isn’t America great? Huckabee tweeted Saturday morning.
Huckabee seemed to be referring to Georgia’s sweeping new voting bill, which many have labeled voter oppression, while also making fun of those who oppose hatred and violence against Asian Americans.
His comments come just a week after a 65-year-old woman was brutally attacked while walking to church near Times Square in New York City. The attack heightened the already felt outrage over anti-Asian attacks that escalated with the pandemic.
The New York attack came just two weeks after a white gunman opened fire at three Asian massage companies in the Atlanta subway. Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, died.
Meanwhile, three groups have already filed a lawsuit over Georgia’s measure, which gives more legislative control over how elections are held and includes strict identification requirements for postal absenteeism voting. It also limits the use of ballot boxes and makes it a crime to hand out food or water to voters waiting in line, among other things.
Huckabee’s comments led several people to accuse the former governor on social media for claiming to be ‘Christian’ but uttering Asian ‘hate speech’.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (pictured) has been slapped on Twitter for his ‘racist’ and ‘anti-Asian’ tweet amid incessant attacks on Asian Americans
‘I have decided to’ identify ‘as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I will probably get shoes from Nike and tickets to @MLB games. Isn’t America great? Huckabee tweeted Saturday morning
WHOA. Much racist, Mike? Evangelical Christians have no control over hatred. You lead the way, ‘one person tweeted.
Another wrote: ‘Wow this is awful. Six Asian-American women were slaughtered on March 16. Last weekend, an Asian woman your age was beaten and kicked in New York City and is still in the hospital with broken bones and a concussion. Every day Asian / AAPI people fall victim to hate crimes. Delete this. ‘
California Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted, “Hey Mike Huckabee, I asked around and Coke likes me, Delta agrees with my values, I wear Nikes and my hometown Dodgers has won the World Series. But it’s not because of my ethnicity. It’s because I’m not an asshole like you who add fuel to anti-Asian hatred. ‘
“Pretty racist and rude. I hope Twitter bans you for fueling anti-Asian hatred, ‘wrote another.
Activist Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting in February 2018, said, “I’ve decided to identify you as a hater of America, democracy and decency and simply identify as an a-hole.”
Huckabee’s tweet also hit the MLB, which ripped out its All-Star game from Georgia after government Brian Kemp signed a new voting bill that critics say will have a disproportionate impact on communities of color.
The Republican governor said at a news conference that MLB “succumbed to fear and lies from liberal activists” when it tore the July 13 game from Atlanta’s Truist Park. He added that the decision will harm working people in the state and have long-term implications for the economy.
‘I want to be clear: I will not withdraw from this fight. We will not be intimidated, nor will we be silenced, ”Kemp said.
Huckabee’s comments led several people to accuse the former governor on social media for claiming to be ‘Christian’ but spitting out Asian ‘hate’ language
“Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may fear Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not,” he said, referring to companies also criticizing the new law.
Republicans in Georgia say the changes were necessary to maintain voter confidence in the electoral system, and the governor insists opponents have misinterpreted what the law does. Still, GOP lawmakers largely pushed through the revisions in response to false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
Abrams, who has defended the right to vote since he narrowly lost to Kemp in the 2018 election, is one of those who have spoken out against the law. The Democrat is being watched closely to see if she’s looking for a 2022 rematch.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier that he had called for the All-Star events and amateur draft to be moved out of Atlanta after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of black players formed after death. from George Floyd last year.
A new baseball field for the events was not immediately revealed.
Kemp also criticized the competition for not trying to improve voter access in her home state of New York, where he said voters need an excuse to vote by mail and have fewer days of early voting than in Georgia.
He said his decision means that “cancel culture” is coming for American businesses and jobs.
Former President Donald Trump also surprised the league’s move, while former President Barack Obama congratulated MLB on his decision, saying there was no better way to honor baseball. [Hank] Aaron, “who always set a good example.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has commissioned an investigation into how the Justice Department can best use its resources to combat hate crimes amid an increase in incidents against Asian Americans.
Garland published a department-wide memo announcing the 30-day review, describing the “ recent upsurge in hate crimes and hate incidents, particularly the troubling trend in reports of violence against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community since the inception of the pandemic ‘. ‘.
Asian-American activists say Trump is partly to blame for his rhetoric around COVID-19, which he often referred to as the “ Chinese virus. ”
They say he has licensed people to show racism rooted in decades of anti-Asian sentiments in the US.
More than 3,800 anti-Asian incidents were reported to the organization between March 2020 and February, according to a report by Stop AAPI Hate.
The group, which tracks incidents of discrimination, hatred and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US, said this number is “only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually take place.”
According to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes against Asians increased 150 percent last year, while total hate crimes during the pandemic declined 7 percent.