Chip Roy (R-Texas) is criticized for comments he made during a congressional hearing on discrimination and violence against Asian Americans in the United States.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties met Thursday afternoon, and Roy referenced the lynchings and claimed that the hearing was an attempt to control free speech.
“We believe in justice. There are old sayings in Texas about finding all the rope in Texas and getting a tall oak tree, “he told the House Judiciary Committee. “You know, we take justice very seriously, and we should do that. Gather the bad guys. That’s what we believe “.
“There are old sayings in Texas about finding all the rope in Texas and getting a tall oak tree. You know, we take justice very seriously, and we should do that. Round up the bad guys.” – here is Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) glorifying lynchings during hearing on violence against Asian Americans pic.twitter.com/uy5irfmJCo
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 18, 2021
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) Said in a tweet that Roy glorified lynchings and that the largest lynching in the nation’s history was against Chinese immigrants.
Chip Roy glorified the lynching at a hearing on violence against Asians. The largest mass lynching in American history was against Chinese immigrants.
I served active duty in the U.S. military to defend @chiproytxYou are right in saying stupid and racist things. I just wish he would stop saying it. https://t.co/9pHb3ERgaN
– Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 18, 2021
Representative Grace Meng, (D-NY), also testified at the hearing and was taken aback by Roy’s comments.
He claimed that Republicans had helped incite violence against Asian Americans by using language like the “China virus” to describe the coronavirus, just as former President Trump did, according to an NBC News article.
“Your president, your party, and your colleagues can talk about problems with any other country they want, but they don’t have to by putting the target on the backs of Asian Americans across this country, our grandparents. , in our children. This hearing was to address the pain and pain of our community, to find solutions, and we will not allow our voice to be taken from us, ”Meng said.
After the House hearing, Roy defended his comments and said that despite the backlash, he has no regrets about his remarks.
“Apparently some people are going crazy because I used an old expression about finding all the rope in Texas and a tall oak tree about doing justice to the bad guys. I really meant it. We need more justice and less policing, “Roy said in an interview with NBC News. “We must restore order by crushing evil actors, not turn America into an authoritarian state like the Chinese communists who seek to destroy us. No apologies. “
The hearing was held to discuss how Asian Americans have faced discrimination both historically and since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about the hearing here.
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