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GOP Rep. Michelle Steel sends out fliers falsely depicting Democratic rival Jay Chen holding ‘The Communist Manifesto’

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  • In support of GOP Rep. Michelle Steel's (R, CA-48) upcoming re-election for California’s 45th district, “red-baiting” fliers were sent out by her campaign to the Vietnamese American community in Orange County.
  • Previously part of the 48th district, a new 45th congressional district was created during the redrawing of district boundaries last year.
  • The fliers feature a doctored image of Steel’s Democrat rival, Jay Chen, in a classroom holding Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” alongside other communist figures: Mao Zedong, Vladimir Lenin and Ho Chi Minh.
  • The flier’s depiction of Chen is expected to boost Steel’s campaign due to the ingrained opposition to communism held by many in the AAPI community.

California GOP Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) and her campaign reportedly funded and created “red-baiting” fliers targeting her Democratic opponent, Jay Chen.

Steel currently represents California’s 48th District in her first term. Born in South Korea, Steel made her mark by being one of the first Korean American women to serve in Congress. Like many other Asian American immigrants, Steel immigrated to the United States to achieve the supposed “American Dream.”

Asian American lawmakers respond to the elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas

  • In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties.
  • Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws.
  • Both Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) referred to how the NRA and other gun rights groups pour millions into Republican campaigns each cycle.
  • In 2021 alone, gun rights advocates invested $15.8 million for lobbying, while gun control groups spent a meager $2.9 million.
  • There have been no mentions of gun law reform on the accounts of Asian Republican lawmakers, while many offered prayers and their condolences for the tragedy.

In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties. 

Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws, and urged legislators to immediately act on passing more regulations. 

AAPI groups protest outside Democrat Jay Chen’s office over his remark on Rep. Michelle Steel’s accent

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  • The founder of nonprofit group AAPI United, James Mai, marched with about 50 people, including representatives from 46 other AAPI advocacy groups, to California Democratic House candidate Jay Chen’s office last week.
  • Chen made headlines after Republicans seized on a 14-second video of him purportedly mocking his opponent Rep. Michelle Steel’s (R-Cal. 48th District) accent was posted on YouTube on April 13.
  • “Jay Chen has single-handedly mobilized a community of voters that are passionate about ensuring he never sees an office with his name on it in the halls of Congress,” RNC Spokesperson Hallie Balch said in a statement. “He can keep spewing unapologetic hate; Congresswoman Steel’s community will continue to show up for her and her proven leadership.”
  • Chen denied mocking Steel’s accent in an op-ed published on Monday.
  • Korean American Orange County Council member Tammy Kim said in a statement defending Chen: “Michelle Steel sat silently while Trump denigrated our AAPI community, yet did not hesitate to falsely attack Jay Chen, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, for political gain."

AAPI United organized a protest involving representatives from 46 other AAPI advocacy groups outside the office of California Democratic House candidate Jay Chen for purportedly mocking Rep. Michelle Steel’s (R, CA-45) accent in a video a few weeks ago.

The organization’s founder, James Mai, led around 50 people, who Mai noted were on average about 60 years old, to visit Chen in his office to directly address the candidate about his comment at an event on April 7 that his team needed an interpreter to understand the Korean American politician. 

GOP accuses Democratic house candidate Jay Chen of ‘mocking’ Korean American Rep. Michelle Steel’s accent

  • California Democratic candidate Jay Chen is being criticized for comments he made about Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel’s (R, CA-45) accent.
  • A clip circulating online shows Chen at a meet-and-greet last week in Fullerton, saying, "Yeah, so she just had another town hall the other day. And, umm, it's tough. We’ve transcribed it; you need an interpreter to figure out exactly what she’s saying; the more she speaks, the better for us."
  • The Republican National Committee called Chen’s comments “despicable” and “out of line.” Republican lawmakers such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) and South Korean-born Congresswoman Young Kim (R, CA-39) criticized the video.
  • Chen, whose parents are Taiwanese immigrants, is running against Steel to represent California’s 45th Congressional district in Orange County. Asian Americans make up the largest voting bloc in the district.
  • Chen’s campaign has yet to release a statement about the video and the criticisms of it.

Republican lawmakers are accusing California Democratic congressional candidate Jay Chen of “mocking” his opponent Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel’s (R, CA-45) accent.

“Yeah, so she just had another town hall the other day,” Chen says in a 14-second video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. “And, umm, it’s tough. We’ve transcribed it; you need an interpreter to figure out exactly what she’s saying. The more she speaks, the better for us.”