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Donald Trump lashes out at his ‘crazy’ former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

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  • Former U.S. President Donald Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social to call his former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao “crazy” and accuse her and her family of working to “get rich on China.”
  • Trump also criticized Chao’s husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for stating that the Republican party might find it challenging to flip the Senate in the upcoming elections.
  • “Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working [sic] Republican candidates for the United States Senate,” read Trump’s post. “This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on [sic] China!”
  • Chao, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, came under heavy scrutiny over her alleged conflicts of interest in relation to the Chinese shipping company Foremost Group, which her father founded and her sister runs as its CEO.
  • Chao dropped her support for Trump while he was still in office and officially resigned from her post after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Editor’s note (8/24/22): This article originally described Foremost Group as a Chinese company. It has been amended to show that it is a U.S. company.

Former U.S. president and reality show star Donald Trump accused his former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and her family of working to “get rich on China.”

Republican Indiana governor is latest US official to visit Taiwan

  • Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) announced his arrival in Taiwan and thanked Taiwan’s Director General of the Department of North American Affairs, Douglas Hsu, in a tweet on Sunday.
  • Holcomb led a delegation in Taiwan as part of an “economic development trip" to the self-governing island and later to South Korea.
  • “I couldn’t be more energized to spend this week building new relationships, reinforcing long time ones and strengthening key sector partnerships with Taiwan and South Korea,” Holcomb said in a statement.
  • “This week marks my second trip to South Korea as Governor, and I am also proud to be the first U.S. governor to visit Taiwan since before the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m committed to building an economy of the future with these global partners who are helping propel Indiana forward by creating tomorrow’s businesses, today.”
  • The trip came after Taiwan-based chip manufacturing company MediaTek announced its plans to open a design center in Indiana in partnership with Purdue University.
  • The Taiwan visit also came after the recent signing of the CHIPS Act, a bipartisan law that would strengthen semiconductor chip manufacturing in the U.S., on Aug. 9.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) recently became the latest American politician to visit Taiwan.

Holcomb confirmed his arrival and thanked Taiwan’s Director General of the Department of North American Affairs, Douglas Hsu, in a tweet on Sunday. Holcomb arrived with a delegation, including Indiana’s commerce secretary, as part of an “economic development trip” to Taiwan and South Korea.

GOP Senate candidate targeted with political ad full of racist Asian stereotypes by Peter Thiel-funded PAC

  • Republican senatorial candidate Jim Lamon was targeted with a political ad that contained elements considered racist against Asians.
  • The clip made several allegations against Lamon, including his company’s ties to suppliers from China, his hand in building nuclear power plants for the Chinese government and his connections with forced slave labor.
  • Interspersed with the message, however, are images of temples, gong sound effects, text written in chop suey typeface and a musical riff associated with kung fu films.
  • The political action committee (PAC) Saving Arizona, which publicly backs Lamon’s opponent Blake Masters, took responsibility for the ad. The group is known to be funded almost entirely by tech billionaire Peter Thiel.
  • Earlier this year, Lamon himself put out a controversial ad of his own showing him shooting a gun at characters playing President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly.

A political ad targeting a Republican senatorial candidate in Arizona is getting attention online for incorporating elements considered racist against Asians.

The video, which portrays U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon as “China’s Man” in the upcoming elections, uses several images, text and sound effects that ridicule Asian culture. 

Elon Musk pledges to vote Republican, says Democrats have become party of ‘division and hate’

  • Elon Musk, currently the richest person on Earth, has officially declared his support for the Republican Party.
  • The prospective Twitter owner explained that his decision arose from a discontent with Democrats, which he now considers “the party of division and hate.”
  • Speculations on the Tesla chief’s political leanings have become more pronounced in recent weeks when he announced his plan to buy Twitter and improve its free speech policy.
  • Following his announcement, the tech mogul invited the public to watch the Democrats’ “dirty tricks campaign against me unfold.”
  • Musk voiced a more neutral take in his latest thread, saying a party “more moderate on all issues” would be ideal.

Elon Musk officially declared his support for the Republican Party on Wednesday.

The world’s richest man made the announcement in a tweet that has now received more than 650,000 likes and drawn welcoming cheers from Republican officials and conservative personalities.

‘We will stand with our Asian friends’: New York state GOP announces new Asian American caucus

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  • On Monday, during the New York Republican Party convention, Committee Chair Nicholas Langworthy announced the creation of the party’s Asian Caucus.
  • Joined onstage by around 60 of the state’s notable Asian American Republicans, Langworthy asserted, “We will stand with our Asian friends that have crimes committed against them.”
  • The GOP touched on several issues important to the Asian American community, including the recent rise of anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic and the creation of educational policies that disfavor Asian American applicants.
  • The formation comes less than a month after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) committed $10 million to various Asian American groups.

The New York Republican State Committee has announced the formation of a new Asian Caucus. 

In a speech on Monday at the party’s state convention, New York GOP Chair Nicholas Langworthy stated enthusiastically on stage, “We will stand with our Asian friends that have crimes committed against them” and asserted Asian Americans were “a critical part” of the state GOP’s future. 

House Republicans express outrage over US purchase of ‘made in China’ KN95 masks to fulfill mask mandate

  • House representatives have been mandated to wear N95 or KN95 masks in Capitol buildings earlier this month.
  • Members recently received KN95 masks that had “Made in China” printed on them.
  • House Republicans, who blame the Chinese government for its handling of COVID-19, criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the purchase “when American alternatives are available.”

More than 120 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were reportedly outraged after receiving taxpayer-funded KN95 masks that turned out to be from China.

It all started after Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of the Congress, mandated the use of N95 or KN95 masks in Capitol buildings accessed by House members earlier this month, according to Fox News.

Senate bill seeks to sanction Chinese officials who block inquiries into COVID-19’s alleged Wuhan lab origins

  • Introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022 would sanction Chinese officials if they fail to allow inquiry into the lab leak theory.
  • The bill would specifically target the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which administers the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), the agency at the center of the theory.
  • The bill would also suspend funding for studies involving the CAS and prohibit cooperation in virus research between the U.S. and China.

A bill that aims to sanction Chinese officials for preventing investigations into the alleged artificial origins of COVID-19 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

The legislation, known as the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022, would authorize sanctions 90 days after its enactment if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “fails to allow for a credible and comprehensive international investigation into laboratories in Wuhan,” according to Rubio’s website.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Who Used ‘Yellow’ to Refer to Asian Virginians in Interview Calls Out Dems

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Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate for Virginia, used the word “yellow” to describe Asian people in an interview that recently resurfaced with podcast host Chris Arps back in April.

Vying for Asian votes: Speaking on the “Water Cooler Politics” podcast, Youngkin said, “I so look forward to being governor . . . so that all Virginians — Black Virginians, Brown Virginians, White Virginians, yellow Virginians — can all achieve their aspirations and their ambitions.”

Republican Lawmakers Submit Bill Banning Chinese Students from Studying Science in the US

Republican senators have unveiled a bill that prohibits Chinese nationals from studying STEM fields at the graduate and postgraduate levels in the U.S.

The bill, known as the Secure Campus Act, comes from Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), while companion legislation comes from Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tennessee) in the House of Representatives.