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Trump Campaign Under Fire Over Racist Ad Claiming Former Washington Gov. Who Met With Biden Is A Chinese Official

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President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is under fire for a new campaign advertisement about former Vice President Joe Biden that seemed to suggest Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington, was a Chinese official.

The roughly minute-long ad, posted Thursday on YouTube, says Biden has “stood up for China” and says Biden worked with his son Hunter Biden on deals with Chinese business partners.

“Biden stands up for China … while China cripples America,” text on screen reads.

A little over halfway through, the ad presents a short clip of Locke and Biden standing together against a backdrop of Chinese and American flags during a montage of Biden speaking in China and appearing with Chinese officials like President Xi Jinping.

Locke, who is Chinese-American, was born in Washington and also served in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to China and commerce secretary. The clip used in the Trump campaign’s ad appears to be from Biden’s 2013 trip to China, when Locke was the ambassador.

Critics on social media denounced the ad as “infuriating” and “repulsive.”

First using an expletive to describe the ad, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wrote on Twitter, “Gary Locke is as American as the day is long. Trump rewriting history as if he effectively responded to the virus is utter garbage.”

Biden campaign spokesperson TJ Ducklo called the ad “pretty repulsive” and said the Trump campaign should apologize to Locke and take the ad down.

Former White House Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu said the ad reinforced myths that Asian Americans owe their loyalties to another country and was an insult to racial minorities.

“Asian Americans constantly fight the perception that we’re not real Americans and owe our loyalties to another country. Gary Locke was born in the U.S. and has served this country with distinction,” he wrote.

‘They look at me and think I’m some kind of virus:’ What it’s like to be Asian during the coronavirus pandemic

Asian American lawmakers and advocates have warned of a rise in xenophobia and discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic as blame has been directed at Chinese Americans and Asian Americans more broadly for the spread of the coronavirus.

At the end of March, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., told reporters on a press call there had been over 1,000 hate incidents directed at Asian Americans in the “last five weeks” per incident reporting sites from advocacy groups.

Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh defended the ad in response to a reporter’s post on Twitter, writing, “The shot with the flags specifically places Biden in Beijing in 2013. It’s for a reason. That’s the Hunter Biden trip. Memory Lane for ol’ Joe.”

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GOP Group’s Stunning New Ad Rips Trump Over Russian Bounties: ‘You’re Either A Coward Or You’re Complicit’

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The Lincoln Project, An anti-Trump Republican Super Pac, released two knock-out anti-Trump ads taking aim at the President’s betrayal of American troops and his racism.

In the video, titled “Betrayed,” former U.S Navy SEAL Dr. Dan Barkhuff unloads on Trump, calling out his cowardice and failure to stand up to Putin.

Barkhuff looks directly at the camera while saying, “We need to send this draft dodger back to his golf courses. The lives of our troops depend on it.” The ad blew up on Twitter getting shared thousands and thousands of times.

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