PSAKI blames ‘hate-filled rhetoric’ on origins of COVID-19 for hate crimes targeting Asian Americans

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday accused “hate rhetoric and language” around the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic of driving an increase in hate crimes against Americans. of Asian descent.

Psaki’s remarks came in response to a reporter who questioned the White House’s response to an increase in crime against Asian Americans and recent statements by Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, who according to the ‘Associated Press said she faced daily torment online and feared for safety. of her parents when she learns of the aggression of Asians in America.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily press briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on February 15, 2022 in Washington, DC
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“The president has set up a task force. He’s hired a senior executive to be a representative and speak to these threats, concerns and fears felt by the Asian American community,” Psaki said. “There are a number of steps we need to take and continue to take to address this.”

“We have unfortunately seen this increase because of the hateful rhetoric and language around the origins of the pandemic,” she added. “It’s something that Asian Americans across the country have felt.”

After laying flowers, Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby support the Asian and Hispanic community outside Young's Asian Massage Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Acworth, Ga.

After laying flowers, Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby support the Asian and Hispanic community outside Young’s Asian Massage Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Acworth, Ga.
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Saying that President Biden is “absolutely committed” to fixing the situation, Psaki praised Kim, saying she was “incredibly brave and courageous” to speak about the “fear she had, the fear she has for the members of his family”.

Last February, PSAKI noted Biden has been “outspoken” and is “concerned” about the discrimination Asian Americans face. At that time, PSAKI said the White House would support “additional action at the local or federal level” to address the escalating violence.

Additionally, PSAKI has blame comments by President Trump and his administration for crimes targeting Asian Americans.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
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“There is no doubt that some of the damaging rhetoric we saw during the previous administration — calling COVID ‘the Wuhan virus’ or other things — has led to perceptions of the Asian American community that are inaccurate, unfair, increased threats against Asian Americans,” PSAKI said last March from the briefing room.

Since March 2020, according to a report by Stop AAPI Hatea national coalition that has focused on increasing violence against these communities.

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