(CREDITS TO CNN) Two Republican congresswomen are revoking their endorsements of Texas GOP congressional candidate Sery Kim after she said that she didn’t want potential Chinese immigrants in the United States.
“As the first Korean American Republican women to serve in Congress, we want to empower and lift up fellow members of the (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community who want to serve their communities,” California Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel said in a statement. “We talked with Sery Kim yesterday about her hurtful and untrue comments about Chinese immigrants, and made clear that her comments were unacceptable.”
During a candidate forum on Wednesday hosted by two Republican groups in Texas’ 6th Congressional District, Kim responded to a question about the US’ immigration crisis by saying “I don’t want them here at all,” referring to potential Chinese immigrants.
“They steal our intellectual property, they give us coronavirus, they don’t hold themselves accountable,” she continued, adding that, “I can say that because I’m Korean.”
The congresswomen said in their statement Friday that they “urged her to apologize and clarify her remarks, especially as hate against the AAPI community is on the rise.”
“However, she has not publicly shown remorse, and her words were contrary to what we stand for,” they added. “We cannot in good conscience continue to support her candidacy. We will continue to speak out in support of our AAPI community.”