Ex-Trump cupboard member responds after weeks of his racist attacks

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>>> AFTER MONTHS OF RACIST ATTACKS BY THE FORMER PRESIDEN ELAINE CHAO, HIS FORMER SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, IS SPEAKING OUT. SHE TOLD “POLITICO” IN A STATEMENT, QUOTE, WHEN I WAS YOUNG, SOME PEOPLE DELIBERATELY MISSPELLED OR MISPRONOUNCED MY.

NAME. ASIAN AMERICANS HAVE WORKED HARD TO CHANGE THAT EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. HE DOESN'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT, WHICH SAYS A WHOLE LOT MORE ABOUT HIM THAN IT WILL EVER SAY ABOUT ASIAN AMERICANS. THIS RESPONSE COMES AFTER HIGH.

PROFILE SHOOTINGS TARGETING THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND AFTER THE FORMER PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY USED A DEMEANING TERM TO DESCRIBE HER. AS THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE “WALL STREET JOURNAL,” HER REAL OFFENSE WAS RESIGNING AS SECRETARY.

I'M JOINED BY ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN, WHO SERVED AS COMMUNICATIONS FOR PRESIDENT AND HAS SPOKEN OUT AGAINST HIS REMARKS. ALSO SCOTT JENNINGS, LONG-TIME ADVISER TO SENATOR MITCH McCONNELL, WHO IS HUSBAND TO ELAINE CHAO.

I WANT TO START WITH YOU. YOU COVERED DONALD TRUMP A LONG TIME. QUOTE, PEOPLE SHOULD STOP FEIGNING OUTRAGE AND ENGAGING IN CONTROVERSIES THAT EXIST ONLY IN THEIR HEADS. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT AS BOTH A REPORTER AND AS AN ASIAN.

AMERICAN? >> YEAH, JOHN, YOU KNOW, I THINK I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT ESPECIALLY DURING A WEEK LIKE THIS ONE, WHEN THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH PAIN IN THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, THAT SOMEONE LIKE MR. TRUMP MIGHT HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT THE.

EXPERIENCE OF BEING ASIAN AMERICAN. YOU KNOW, THERE IS NO FAKE OUTRAGE HERE. I THINK THERE IS JUST THE REALITY. THAT IS THAT, YEAH, ASIAN AMERICANS AND ASIAN PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY CONFRONT ALL.

KINDS OF RACISM ALL THE TIME. AND I THINK WHAT IS PARTICULARLY DISTURBING TO THINK ABOUT THIS WEEK IS THINKING ABOUT WHEN YOU SEE AN EX-PRESIDENT MOCKING AND MAKING OVERTLY RACIST COMMENTS ABOUT HIS FORMER CABINET MEMBER, WHAT METHOD THAT MIGHT SEND TO THE AVERAGE PERSON ABOUT WHAT.

MIGHT BE OKAY TO SAY TO THE AVERAGE ASIAN AMERICAN AND ASIAN PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I'M TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOUR COLLEAGUE, JUST SOMEBODY WHO LOOKS LIKE ME WALKING DOWN THE STREET. AND YOU KNOW, TRUMP, HAS BEEN STOKING THESE RACIAL DIVISIONS.

EVER SINCE HE WAS A CANDIDATE AND GOING WAY FAR BACK PAST THAT. HE DID IT WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT. AND I THINK WE HAVE NO REASON TO THINK THAT HE WOULDN'T KEEP DOING THAT IF HE WERE TO GET ANOTHER FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

>> AND THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK HE DOESN'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING. E M.J., JUST TO HIT THIS ONE MORE TIME, WHEN ELAINE CHAO SPEAKS ABOUT HER LIFE EXPERIENCE, GROWING UP, PEOPLE MISPRONOUNCING HER NAME GROWING.

UP, DOES THAT STRIKE A CHORD WITH YOU? >> IT DOES, AND I THINK IT STRIKES A CHORD WITH MANY, MANY ASIAN AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. SHE SAID ASIANS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CHANGE THAT EXPERIENCE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. AND SHE SAID SHE BELIEVES TRUMP.

CLEARLY DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT. I THINK SHE IS CLEARLY RIGHT, THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NO IDEA HOW EMBEDDED THAT EXPERIENCE IS IN BEING ASIAN AMERICAN. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE POINT THAT WE ARE NOT ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OVERT RACISM OR COMMENTS THAT ARE JUST SO.

HEINOUS OR EVEN BORDERING ON VIOLENCE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SORT OF THE EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE, TOO, OF JUST BEING MADE TO FEEL LIKE AN OTHER, THAT YOU DON'T BELONG, THAT IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME, THEN YOU MUST BE FOREIGN AND THAT YOU HAVE TO SORT OF PROVE YOUR.

WORTH. IT IS BEING, YOU KNOW, ASKED THE QUE QUESTION, DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH. IT IS BEING ASKED, WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? IT IS BEING A REPORTER AT A TRUMP RALLY IN IOWA AND BEING TOLD MY SOMEBODY, NO OFFENSE TO.

YOU, BUT THERE ARE THESE PEOPLE COMING FROM ASIA ALL THE TIME AND HAVING FAMILIES HERE AND TAKING AWAY OUR JOBS. YOU KNOW, I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS, JOHN, THAT I BECAME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN BACK IN 2016. IT WAS ONE OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE.

BUT I STILL — EVEN THOUGH I'M NOW AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, GRAPPLE WITH, I THINK, THAT QUESTION OF BELONGING AS AN ASIAN AMERICAN, THAT I BELIEVE IS WHAT ELAINE CHAO IS TALKING ABOUT. >> I COUNT THAT AS A WIN FOR THE UNITED STATES THAT WE GOT YOU IN 2017.

ALYSSA, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE HEARD ALMOST VERBATIM FROM SOME REPUBLICANS IS, OH, TRUMP JUST LIKES TO CALL PEOPLE NAMES. THIS IS JUST HIM DOING WHAT HE DOES. >> WELL, AND LISTEN, I'M NOT GOING TO FEIGN OUTRAGE AND PRETEND I'M SHOCKED THAT.

PRESIDENT TRUMP, ONCE AGAIN, USED RACIST COMMENTS TO ATTACK SOMEBODY. THIS IS A PATTERN FOR HIM. HE'S DONE IT COUNTLESS TIMES SINCE HE WAS FIRST A DECLARED CANDIDATE. I THINK TWO THINGS STAND OUT TO ME, THE TIMING AND THE TARGET.

AS M.J. MENTIONED, THIS TRAGIC MASS SHOOTING TARGETING THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. AND VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT HAVE BEEN ON THE RISE, DATING BACK TO COVID AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT THAT. BUT ALSO THE TARGET. THIS IS ELAINE CHAO, SERVED WITH.

THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, NATURALIZED CITIZEN SINCE THEY WAS 19 YEARS OLD. SHE'S BEEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE, AN AMERICAN WHO SERVED IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. HER ONLY OFFENSE, OF COURSE, WAS THAT SHE OPPOSED THE.

INSURRECTION. THE QUESTION FOR REPUBLICANS IS DO WE WANT FOUR MORE YEARS OF THIS? DO WE WANT FOUR MORE YEARS OF EXPLAINING THE OUR KIDS WHY THE PRESIDENT OR THE FORMER PRESIDENT IS SAYING RACIST, OFFENSIVE THINGS THAT WE WOULD.

YELL AT THEM FOR SAYING ON THE PLAYGROUND? THE TURNING THE BLIND EYE AND RICK SCOTT LIKES TO CALL NAMES. I'M JUST CALLING HIM OUT THERE. NO, THIS IS BLATANTLY RACIST. IT'S THE WORST TIMING, AND IT'S SUCH A REMINDER WE DON'T NEED TO DO THIS AGAIN.

>> THE DO WE WANT FOUR MORE YEARS IS A POLITICAL QUESTION. BUT THERE'S ALSO A MORAL QUESTION IS, DO WE WANT FOUR MORE MINUTES OF A PUBLIC FIGURE SAYING RACIST THINGS? AND HOW DO YOU STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING? AND WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE.

REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS TO SAY ABOUT THIS? I ASK BECAUSE MITCH McCONNELL HAS BEEN RETICENT AT TIMES TO EVEN MENTION TRUMP'S NAME. HE'S DOING THAT ON PURPOSE. I THINK HE DOESN'T WANT TO NECESSARILY ELEVATE HIM. BUT IN A CASE LIKE THIS, DO YOU.

THINK IT MAKES SENSE TO SPEAK OUT? >> I THINK IT MADE SENSE FOR ELAINE CHAO TO SPEAK OUT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, SHE'S CLASSIER THAN DONALD TRUMP WILL EVER THINK ABOUT BEING. AND SHE'S LET THIS GO FOR SOME TIME.

BUT AT SOME POINT IT BECOMES NOT JUST AN ISSUE FOR HER PERSONALLY BUT AN ISSUE FOR THE ENTIRE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. ELAINE CHAO, HER PARENTS, HER FAMILY, THEY ARE 1,000 TIMES THE AMERICAN PATRIOTS DONALD TRUMP WILL EVER BE. AND FOR HIM TO QUESTION THEIR.

PATRIOTISM AND QUESTION THEIR LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY AND SAY THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH COMMUNIST CHINA, IT'S ROU OUTRAGEOUS. SO, I'M GLAD SHE STOOD UP FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. AS PRT REST OF THE REPUBLICAN.

PARTY, I THINK IF YOU HEAR DONALD TRUMP SAY SOMETHING BLATANTLY RACIST, AND YOU CANNOT SUMMONS THE COURAGE TO SAY SOMETHING, YOU NEED TO LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF AND SAY WHAT AM I DOING HERE AND WHAT DO WE WANT OUR COUNTRY TO BE? ARE WE MORAL ENOUGH TO LEAD THIS.

COUNTRY? THE CHAO'S ARE AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY, THE LONGEST SERVING CABINET MEMBER SINCE WORLD WAR II. THIS PERSON IS AN INSPIRATION TO AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE. REGARDLESS OF POLITICS, ASIAN AMERICANS LOOK UP TO ELAINE.

CHAO. WE HAVE THIS EGO MANIAC, THIS INFANT, THIS RACIST WHO CONTINUES TO MAKE THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT HER. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. AND EVERY SINGLE DAY, EVEN IF SENATOR McCONNELL AND ELAINE CHAO CHOOSE NOT TO WRESTLE WITH.

THE PIG IN THE MUD. THAT'S WHERE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OUGHT TO STAND.

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