An Asian American man has been accused of racism after calling other Asian Americans marching for President Donald Trump “f***ing dumbass chinks.”
The moment, caught in a now-viral video, occurred during a Trump rally in New York, where supporters held a massive “Thin Blue Line” flag in a show of solidarity with law enforcement.
Meanwhile, supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden lined the streets to scream insults, including a man identified as Nicholas James (@bckpffngscht) who claims he is Asian American.
“Film me! Film me, you f***ing ch*nks,” James yells at the group of Asian Americans. “You f***ing dumb*ss ch*nks!”
A woman quickly slams James as “racist” for his remarks, but he only doubles down.
“F*ck you, f*ck you, you, all of you motherf***ers,” he points at every person on the other side. “Shut up! Shut the f*ck up you dumb scribble racist pieces of sh*t!”
The video, shared by Twitter user @elaadeliahu, has received more than 387,000 views since its posting on Wednesday.
One user commented, “This is why I can never truly make a decision of who I side with.”
“It’s really amazing the left still convinces themselves of being the tolerant and accepting group,” another user replied.
Another noted, “The fact that they think they are the good guys is really disturbing.”
Anti Trump agitator yells to film him calling an Asian Trump supporter a “dumb fucking chink” repeatedly pic.twitter.com/oo7Fxllh9m
— barely informed with elad 🕵🏻♂️ (@elaadeliahu) October 21, 2020
James soon took to Instagram to defend his remarks.
“What I said yesterday was undeniably vitriolic and hateful. It wasn’t constructive in any way. I know this, and I won’t apologize for it,” the Democrat supporter wrote.
“[But] Yesterday wasn’t about being constructive. Yesterday wasn’t about teaching people, or trying to get them on my side. Yesterday was about rage, rage fueled by a group of minorities advocating for a violent fascist regime, rage fueled by people who look like me upholding White supremacy and anti-Blackness, rage fueled by the knowledge that those people are unknowledgeable of the hate that their own people have endured throughout a White supremacist history.”
James pointed out that his choice of offense was deliberate — slurs that had been used against him all his life.
“I’m not going to hide behind the excuse that anger justified my words, they don’t, because I chose those words purposefully. I chose to use a slur that was used against me my whole life. I chose to use language that would strike a nerve,” he noted.
“If any of my fellow Asian-American comrades have something to say about what I did, I’m willing to listen to you, I’m willing to talk about how it made you feel, and how you feel it affects our community.
“I said what I needed to say, I don’t feel the need to say it again, and I’m willing to make an effort to combat any negativity my words have caused for our movement.”
James’ Instagram account has been set to private.
Feature Image Screenshots via @elaadeliahu