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Congresswoman Meng Receives Barrage of Racist Voicemails After Condemning Anti-Asian Rhetoric

Congresswoman Grace Meng (Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng)

Sept. 28, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng has received a barrage of racist and anti-Asian voicemails after passing a resolution in the House of Representatives earlier this month condemning such behavior.

Meng introduced the resolution to denounce anti-Asian sentiment related to the coronavirus pandemic in March and the House passed it on Sept. 17. Since then, her office has had numerous callers leave offensive and obscene messages personally attacking her and Asian Americans.

Meng compiled the audio recordings into a video along with clips of President Donald Trump in which he called the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” and “Kung Flu.”

Several callers used foul language and mentioned the virus by the anti-Asian names used by the president, the video shows.

“Anti-Asian hysteria and discrimination must end,” the video says as it ends.

Meng’s resolution denouncing anti Asian rhetoric didn’t pass the House unanimously, with 164 Republicans voting against it.

“164 Republicans voted against #HRes908 & couldn’t condemn this hate,” she Tweeted. “Words & actions have consequences.”

The video Meng posted also features a clip of President Trump responding to reporter’s question about his use of the words “Chinese virus.”

The reporter asks Trump if referring to the virus that way puts Asian Americans at risk. Trump cut the reporter off mid sentence and said “No.”

Meng denounced Trump for calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” when her resolution passed Sept. 17. She said it was only stoking people’s fears and hatred, while scapegoating Asian Americans.

“These are more than just hateful and irresponsible words,” Meng added. “This language has fueled the increase of threats and attacks against those of Asian descent, and many Asian Americans continue to live in fear.”

The number of reported hate crimes against Asian Americans in New York City has jumped since mid-March, according to the NYPD. The NYPD established an Asian Hate Crimes Task Force in August.

“Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have been forced to endure demeaning and disgusting acts of bigotry and hate, consisting of everything from verbal assaults to physical attacks,” Meng said.

Meng’s resolution calls on federal law enforcement officials to investigate and document all credible reports of hate crimes and threats against the Asian American community in the U.S. and bring the perpetrators to justice.

It also calls on the law enforcement to collect data on the rise of hate crimes due to COVID-19.

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No one seems to care when Trump says racist stuff anymore

Like “Kung Flu.” 4 years ago it got attention but I think the nation is tired of petty insults and hissy fits.

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really??

Grace Meng is Korean…since when did Koreans magically become Chinese??…the term “chinese flu” offends Koreans now?? Does that mean “spanish flu” and “german measles” should offend all Europeans??

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Trump called it the "Kung Flu" not "chinese flu"

It’s weird you had NO IDEA he said such a bigoted thing! It’s in the article…talk about out of the loop!

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Maybe he or she is living his or her life.

Instead of obsessing over ‘whatshesayingnext?’

Grow up and find something constructive to do.

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SadTrumpsterPoster

Why does AltRightPost think that thumbing up Trumpsters thousands of times will change the election outcome? It didn’t change AOC’s election outcome. It’s really sad.

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Leah

50 volunteers and the best they could come up with was standing around a corner giving out candy and collecting signatures? Some protest. :\

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I agree, there were protests and demonstrations

Like you said, the parent poster was completely wrong.

Besides all the protesting, what about the protest meant it wasn’t a protest? How many protestors means it’s a protest? 51?

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ASensibleMan

Your article mentions around 50 volunteers and a collection of about 300 signatures. That isn’t a protest or even a large demonstration.

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I agree, they are protesting and holding demonstrations

They are protesting an issue, in a large group protest, with protest signs. Definitely not a protest 😂

So the idea that they aren’t ” protesting and holding demonstrations” is completely wrong.

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Yes, protestors are volunteers...

“There were no protests or demonstrations!”

What about these right here?

“Uh…they don’t count! Fake news!”

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Concerned AsAm Citizens (CAAC) of NYC protested Trump’s use of the term “Kung Flu” THIS weekend

So you’re saying…people care?

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Perhaps they wouldn't be blamed of they behaved better.

No matter where I walked when I shopped yesterday and the day before I was tailgated by a person . Y’all have no idea what 6feet is even with tape on the damned sidewalk!!! Pay attention to where your body is in relation to the rest of the world!!! This is why we’re in this mess!

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bring back guiliani & bratton

yeah people can be jerks
but there are already laws on the books for combating hate crimes towards all groups so in that sense this resolution is just needless democratic fluff. Just reiterating whats already in law.
If cops had time to track everyone down they would but they are busy trying to stop crime being cause by no bail rules and lawlessness due to this mayor being the worst we’ve ever seen.

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Trump calling the pandemic “Kung Flu" empowered racists?!

I’m shocked such a bigoted thing from a US president would be influential

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David

Patrick- Saying the virus that originated in China got into America because of Trumps in action and slow reaction and let’s not forget his mocking the virus and calling it a hoax as recently as March is nothing but the facts. Your cult leader as told you to “liberate” and resist any safety measures put in place, just make sure you obey and do it.

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Patrick

David you’re a fool. The virus did originate in China and nowhere else and the Chinese government covered it up. And even you can’t cover that up.

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Trump praised Chinese President Xi over and over

“He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus” said Trump.

He’s praising the Chinese government, but you’re attacking them? It’s a shame you don’t support our president.

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Trump called it the "Kung Flu" not "originated in China"

Interesting aside. Do you have anything relevant to the article?

Sorry to be the one to break it to you…but he called it “Kung Flu”

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