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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.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley Says Trump Had Every Right To Plot A Coup

Now that we know failed, one-term former President Donald Trump actively worked with the Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, it seems that Republicans are even willing to forgive the fact that the so-called leader of their party attempted to pull off a coup even though voters had overwhelmingly chosen Joe Biden to be president.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Monday on the floor of the U.S. Senate that Trump had every right to scheme with the DOJ for a way to steal an election, declaring:

“The President has every right to discuss ideas and strategies with his closest advisers, whether that president is Democrat(ic) or Republican should feel unrestrained to bring ideas to his closest staff for robust discussion. Eventually, the facts will come out, and Trump will have to address them, good or bad depending on the facts at hand. However, the essential question that should be asked is, what was the final decision? And that is my major concern about the recent public comments coming out of these interviews I’ve discussed.”

The “interviews” Grassley referenced are ones given by former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and other Justice Department officials in the Trump administration who have testified before the Jan. 6 House Select Committee, Mediaite explains:

“Last week, the committee heard testimony from former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue. Among the revelations was a letter that had been drafted by DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who sought the two men’s signatures on the piece of correspondence to top officials in Georgia. The letter, which called on them to convene a special legislative session to investigate claims of nonexistent widespread voter fraud, was ultimately not sent.”

The letter in question from Clark reads in part:

“The Department of Justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President of the United States… at this time we have identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia. While the Department of Justice believes the Governor of Georgia should immediately call special session to consider this important and urgent matter… if he declines to do so, we share with you our view that the Georgia General Assembly has implied authority under the Constitution of the United States to call itself into session for the limited of purpose of considering issues pertaining to the appointment of Presidential Electors.”

Trump and his cronies had “every right” to discuss that, according to Sen. Grassley, which tells you all you need to know about today’s Republican Party. They’re willing to genuflect before Lord Emperor Trump no matter what he says or does. Is Donald accused of rape? No big deal, his loyal congressional protectors assure us. Did he collude with the Kremlin and blackmail Ukraine? That’s not a problem, the GOP says. Certainly no reason to impeach him.

Donald Trump is a criminal. The list of his crimes is endless. And yet Chuck Grassley and his fellow Republicans want you to excuse all of them. Because it’s not a party; it’s a damn cult.