Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) spoke out on Sunday to blame former President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 rhetoric for an alleged increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.

“You were the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, a striking spurt of anti-Asian hate crimes here in America. Why is this happening and what needs to be done about it? ABC presenter George Stephanopoulos asked.

Hirono responds

“It’s happening because we didn’t have leadership at the top, starting with President Trump calling it the Chinese virus and the Kung flu and all of that, which apparently started this kind of targeted hate crime among the Asian Americans, and the increase is dramatic, ”Hirono replied.

“Last week in New York, a person walking down the street was stabbed. He is in serious condition, ”she added. “Shortly after, four people walking in New York were stabbed. One is dead. In California, there are incidents of 90-year-olds being run over, attacked. This person is deceased.

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Hirono praises Biden

“So I am glad that Joe Biden, unlike Trump, raised this issue through his executive memorandum, which incidentally contains many provisions that I put in a resolution that I tried to get passed. ‘last year condemning targeted hate crimes against Asian Americans,’ she continued.

“The idea is for the attorney general, soon to be the new attorney general, to work with community groups to prevent and prosecute these types of hate crimes,” Hirono said.

“So it’s recognized by President Biden and that, you know, leaders across our country should condemn in no uncertain terms, when you have Asian Americans who are afraid to walk the streets for fear of fear. ‘being stabbed is an issue that needs to be addressed, ”she added.

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Hirono responds to Cuomo’s claims

In that same interview, Hirono called for an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations that have been made against New York Democratic Governor George Stephanopoulos.

“The proper response to any allegation of this kind of reprehensible and inexcusable behavior is to listen to – primarily women who come forward… and then do the proper investigation and corroboration of the allegations,” Hirono said.

“In Governor Cuomo’s case, it seems to me that the New York attorney general would be the independent body to conduct such an investigation,” she added.

This article was written by James Samson on March 2, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.

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