WATCH: GOP New York Congressman Lets Drop An Anti-Asian Slur On Live TV (VIDEO)


United States Representative Peter King used an anti-Asian slur on live television on Friday morning. While participating in a panel discussion on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” King called persons of Japanese descent “Japs.” The word “Japs” hearkens back to the World War II era of widespread paranoia and racism towards Japanese-Americans that resulted in their detention in internment camps.

You can read King’s exact comments below. He is speaking of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to whom he has not exactly taken a strong liking.

‘National defense and homeland security are issues that mean the most to me and there’s real issues with him, real problems with his views. I don’t know if he’s thought them through, or it’s just like the guy at the end of the bar that says, ‘Oh screw them, bomb them, kill them, pull out, bring them home. You know, why pay for the Japs, why pay for the Koreans?”‘

A fellow US Representative, the Democrat Judy Chu of California, had this to say about the incident:

‘Mr. King knows his words have an impact. Using the J word is disgusting and hearkens back to a shameful time in our history when violence, xenophobia, and the internment of Japanese Americans were everyday phenomena. These words are not only offensive, but they also isolate and divide us as a nation. Mr. King should leave this racist terms back in the last century and apologize to the Japanese American community for his comments.’

Chu is the chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

After being confronted about his remarks by many persons, from reporters to community leaders, King tried to defend himself. He said, to a reporter from The Hill, “We’re getting too politically correct. Let’s not get overly sensitive here.” Of course, it’s not about being politically correct. It’s that calling someone a Jap is akin to calling a Jewish person a kike. Not acceptable under any circumstances.

King represents the 2nd Congressional District of New York, where he has served since 2013. For the 20 years before that King was the Congressman for the 3rd District of New York.

You can watch the clip of his remarks below. In addition, you can contact King’s office at this link, and maybe let him know that you aren’t interested in having a congressman in Washington, D.C. that speaks as such.

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