Comments on Nevada’s First Lady against Nye County Commissioner
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Political leaders and advocates for the Asian Pacific Islander American Community (APIA) in Nevada have condemned comments by a Nye County commissioner directed at Governor Steve Sisolak and his wife, First Lady Kathy Sisolak.
Remarks by Commissioner Donna Cox at the county committee meeting last week implied the governor was motivated to reinstate a mask mandate because his wife’s family would benefit.
A backlash on social media followed after the comments were posted on Monday.
Sisolak called on Republican state leaders to act by “exposing this fanaticism,” and Senate Republicans responded in a tweet that called the comments “hurtful and misleading,” calling on Cox to immediately apologize.
Cox has been silent since Governor Sisolak called her on Monday.
Nevada ACLU Director Athar Haseebullah tweeted Tuesday morning: “Donna is the reason warrants exist.”
Cox, speaking at the Nye County Commission meeting on August 3, said, âNow how long he has known her, I have no idea, but she is Chinese. And you put two and two together, they actually said his family in China owns a business that is making a lot of money from this problem. That she’s here in the United States to promote and sell all these emergency masks and gear and things, and they’re all shipped from China. “
Kathy Sisolak was born in Ely, Nevada. His father was the first Chinese drug dealer on Fremont Street.
One APIA Nevada’s social media accounts carried a message of support for Sisolak and his wife, and condemning Cox’s “vile racist attack”.
The Nevada Republican Assembly Caucus added its voice “in support of our first lady of Nevada, Kathy Sisolak”.
âHate has no focus in Nevada,â the caucus said on Twitter. âThe Republicans of the Assembly denounce in the strongest sense of the word, any prejudice against our American-Asian community. They are our friends, our family, our colleagues and our neighbors.
Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones added, “I stand with Kathy and @GovSisolak in condemning this racism.”
Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II added: âDisgusting and racist comments aimed at Our First Lady Kathy Sisolak have no place in our state. Home means Nevada to everyone, in all of our communities. This kind of racism, fanaticism and intolerance is simply unacceptable, especially from an elected official. “
Some posts have called for Cox’s resignation. Others have called for a recall.
United States Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.) Said: âThe shameful, racist and disgusting remarks by Nye County Commissioner Donna Cox against our wonderful First Lady Kathy Sisolak.