The commentator and former Republican governor of Arkansas has been comprehensively lambasted after he “joked” that he would now “identify as Chinese”.
I’ve decided to “identify” as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I’ll probably get s… https://t.co/zb6Dv8rObS
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee)
Huckabee appears to be referring to controversial new voting laws in Georgia which have made stricter voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, shorter voting hours and for it to be a crime to offer food or water to citizens waiting to vote.
Critics – including civil rights groups – have said the law is an attempt to suppress the votes of people of colour who tend to vote Democratic.
Coca-Cola and Delta, which are both headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, have spoken out against the law, while Major League Baseball is moving its 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest. It prompted Trump to urge his supporters to boycott MLB and the other companies.
Congressman Ted Lieu hit back:
Hey Mike Huckabee, I asked around and Coke likes me, Delta agrees with my values, I wear Nikes and my hometown Dodg… https://t.co/HKKpuUKrVU
His comments come amid concerns about rising numbers of hate crimes against Asian Americans. Last month, shootings in massage spas left six women of Asian descent dead and a report from California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism found that hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 150% last year in America’s largest cities.