Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of a few Republicans who have opposed a Democratic bill aimed at tackling discrimination against Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the bill does not go far enough to combat hate crimes and discrimination against the Asian community, particularly discrimination against Asian students in higher education.
The story: Last Wednesday, the Senate voted 92-6 vote on a motion to proceed with discussions on the bill, which would create guidance on how to improve reporting on hate crimes, as well as guidelines “detailing best practices to mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing the COVID–19 pandemic,” according to the office of Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who introduced the measure with Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY).
In a statement, Cruz agreed that racial intolerance, including targeting Asian Americans, “should be vigorously prosecuted” but called the bill a “messaging tactic” by Democrats.
Democratic leaders and progressive activists have been keen on blaming the rhetoric of former President Donald Trump and Republicans like Cruz who used terms like the “China virus” or the “Wuhan virus” when referring to Covid-19 for the rising hate crimes against Asian Americans.
“Before this pandemic started, I urged everyone — including elected officials — to not blame Asian Americans for the virus. My words were not heeded,” Meng said in a statement, accoridng to the Houston Chronicle. “The former president and his Congressional Republican enablers trafficked racist, bigoted terms to describe COVID-19. In doing so, their language stoked people’s fears and created an atmosphere of intolerance and violence, which persists even today.”
Cruz, however, said the Democrats’ new bill “is not designed to do anything to prevent or punish actual crimes. It is instead a Democratic messaging vehicle designed to push the demonstrably false idea that it is somehow racist to acknowledge that Covid-19 originated in Wuhan, China and that the Chinese Communist Party actively lied and suppressed information about the outbreak, allowing it to become a global pandemic.”
The Texas Republican said a clear example that Democrats do not take the issue of anti-Asian racism seriously was their failure to condemn Yale University last year after the Trump-era Justice Department found the Ivy League school discriminated against Asian applicants in its admissions process.
“When Democrats decide to take hate and racism seriously that means they will address this and not ignore it because it doesn’t fit neatly into their messaging tactics,” Cruz said, referring to the Yale scandal.
The amendment: On Thursday, Cruz and Louisiana Sen. John Neely Kennedy introduced an amendment to the Democratic bill – which Senate Democrats blocked – that would bar “funds from institutions that discriminate against Asian American students.”
The amendment states that “no institution of higher education…may receive any federal funding if the institution has a policy in place or engages in a practice that discriminates against Asian Americans in recruitment, applicant review, or admissions.”
In a joint statement Thursday, the two senators said: “In an unbelievably cynical move, Senate Democrats blocked efforts to stop discrimination against Asian Americans in higher education, where racial bias has become all too common. This amendment would bar funds from institutions that discriminate against Asian American students.
“Despite their calls to end racism, it is clear Democrats are only paying lip service to fighting discrimination against Asian Americans and will allow targeted discrimination against them to continue at America’s universities and colleges.”
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