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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.

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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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‘I can’t In Good Countenance Continue To Show This’: Fox News Cut Away From Trump’s Press Sec. For Pushing Baseless Claims Of Election Fraud

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Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on Monday cut away from a press briefing featuring Kayleigh McEnany, who is both the White House press secretary and a Trump campaign spokesperson, as she continued to push Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.

“She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this,” Cavuto said as he cut off the press conference, pushing back on what he described as “explosive” charges from McEnany.

“Not so fast,” Cavuto added.

McEnany suggested, without evidence, that Democrats welcomed “fraud” and “illegal voting” in the 2020 election.

“We want every legal vote to be counted,” McEnany said, echoing President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that votes for President-elect Joe Biden were illegal.

Though multiple major news outlets, including Fox News, have declared Biden the projected winner of the 2020 election, Trump has refused to concede and is rejecting the results, claiming that he won the election.

Meanwhile, a number of world leaders have congratulated Biden on his victory, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Even before the end of voting on November 3, the president repeatedly signaled he would claim the election was “rigged” against him if he lost, but there is no evidence to substantiate such claims.

Watch Nei Cavuto’s segment below:

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