GOP U.S. Senate WTF?!

Chuck Grassley Displays His Prejudice With Disgusting Comment To Korean-American Judicial Nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings today for the nomination of Lucy Koh to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

According to HuffPost, Koh spoke of how her family arrived in the United States:

Koh, who was born in Washington, D.C., had just finished telling a story about her mother’s escape from North Korea in 1946. She also described the poverty she witnessed growing up in Mississippi in the 1970s.

That led Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking Republican on the committee to tell Koh:

“What you said about your ethnic background reminds me of what my daughter-in-law of 45 years has said: ‘If I learned anything from Korean people, it’s a hard work ethic and how you can make a lot out of nothing,’ So I congratulate you and your people.”

Koh could only reply:

“Thank you.”

After the hearing, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who is Chinese-American and serves as chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said Grassley’s comments were very inappropriate:

“Even if you think you’re being complimentary, assigning any character trait to an entire community is the definition of prejudice. Treating all members of a group as the same invites mistreatment when one person can be held accountable for the actions of someone else. It may not be the same incitement to violence seen in other slurs, but it is harmful none the less.”


John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, agreed with Congresswoman Chu:

“While we understand the intent of Sen. Chuck Grassley’s comment, stereotypes — even seemingly benign ones — ultimately harm and create divisions within communities. Hard work is a shared ethic among many Americans from different cultures and races, not only Korean Americans.”

The 88-year-old Grassley has announced he will seek another term in the Senate in the 2022 midterm election. But it sounds like the old goat needs to be retired by the people of Iowa.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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