Mike Huckabee slammed for insulting Asian Americans with offensive tweet
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Mike Huckabee has been slammed after insulting Asian-Americans in an offensive tweet.

The commentator and former Republican governor of Arkansas has been comprehensively lambasted after he “joked” that he would now “identify as Chinese”.

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:

While journalist Asawin Suebsaeng said:

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.

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There have also been a string of vile attacks on people within the community.

As such, Huckabee’s comments have gone down like a lead balloon with others on social media expressing their dissatisfaction against the politician.

As gaffes go, this one is up there.

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