A former Trump administration official who is running for Congress went on an anti-China rant this week.
Sery Kim, who is running for Texas’s 6th Congressional District and previously worked as the assistant administrator in the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the Small Business Administration, criticized China and Chinese immigrants during a Republican congressional candidate forum on Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“I don’t want [Chinese immigrants] here at all,” Kim said. “They steal our intellectual property, they give us coronavirus, they don’t hold themselves accountable.”
“And quite frankly, I can say that because I’m Korean,” Kim added.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 150% throughout 2020, which coincides with the coronavirus pandemic. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, leading some high-profile people, including former President Donald Trump, to call it the “China virus.”
“I am Asian American, and I have never felt discrimination because I blame China for the problems they have actually created,” Kim said. “They are the ones that caused COVID. They are the ones that steal our technology. They are the ones that manipulate the borders. They are the ones that make you feel guilty because you want to shop at the small business down the street, as opposed to paying for the child labor that they have with the Uyghurs.”
Kim, who is a first-generation immigrant from South Korea, is one of 11 candidates running for the Republican nomination ahead of the May 1 special election. The candidates are vying to replace the late Ron Wright, who died in February.
Original Author: Mike Brest