Over 250 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders have endorsed presidential candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
The alliance consisted of members of the Democratic National Committee AAPI Caucus, local officials and leaders, and the entire AAPI Legislative Caucuses of California, Maryland and Hawaii.
“We need to elect a President who will bring leadership back to Washington, who can help re-center our nation’s moral compass, heal our nation’s soul, and bring us back to the path towards justice, equality, and integrity,” the group said in its endorsement statement last Friday
In the full endorsement, the group also praised Biden’s “compassion, humanity, honor, integrity, and steady leadership.”
“Our endorsement today comes at a critical time for the AAPI community. As the entire country grapples with Donald Trump’s catastrophic coronavirus response, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are being hit especially hard. Trump’s utter failure of leadership has stoked xenophobia, while inflaming already existing economic and health disparities in our community. When Joe Biden is President, the AAPI community will have an ally in the White House who will fight to create a fair and humane immigration system, invest in small businesses, collect disaggregated data, and ensure that hate has no safe harbor in our country,” DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong was quoted as saying.
Biden has also earned the endorsement of the AAPI Victory Fund and ASPIRE earlier this year, indicating growing support the Democratic candidate is getting from the AAPI Community.
Over the past 30 years, the Asian American electorate has increased by 139%, according to a 2020 Pew Research report. The community, which is now made up of over 11 million eligible voters in the U.S., is expected to make a significant influence, particularly in the swing states.