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Republican Chip Roy accused of ‘glorifying lynching’ at anti-Asian violence hearing


Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy has refused to apologize for bringing up lynching during a Washington hearing on anti-Asian violence.

Roy was speaking at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on anti-Asian violence after an uptick in attacks all over the country and just two days after a gunman in Georgia killed six Asian women in at three-different massage parlors.

He said the shootings were ‘evil’ but then pivoted by saying: ‘I would also suggest that the victims of cartels moving illegal aliens deserve justice. The American citizens in south Texas, they are getting absolutely decimated by what’s happening at the southern border deserve justice.’

‘There’s an old saying in Texas about find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree. You know, we take justice very seriously. And we ought to do that. Round up the bad guys,’ he said. 

Roy then launched a rant at the Chinese government by suggesting the hearing was an attempt to stifle free speech. 

He said the ‘China Comms’ are ‘the bad guys’, and that the country is ‘engaging in modern day slavery’. 

Texas Rep. Chip Roy on Thursday said at a hearing on anti-Asian violence: ‘There’s an old saying in Texas about find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree. You know, we take justice very seriously. And we ought to do that. Round up the bad guys’

Roy doubled down on his remarks in a statement, saying the outrage proved his argument that America is losing grip of its right to free speech.

Roy doubled down on his remarks in a statement, saying the outrage proved his argument that America is losing grip of its right to free speech.

‘I am predisposed and wired to take out bad guys. That’s bad guys of all colors.. we need to be mindful of that. 

‘Now we’re talking about whether China, the China Comms, the Chinese Communist Party… and if someone’s saying, “hey we think those guys are the bad guys.” 

‘And let me clear I do. I think they are the bad guys.I think they are harming people and engaging in modern day slavery.’ 

Roy was lambasted for his remarks by people who said he was glorifying lynching and amplifying anti-Asian hate by using his time to speak to criticize the Chinese government. 

He doubled down on his remarks in a statement, saying the outrage proved his argument that America is losing grip of its right to free speech. 

‘Apparently some folks are freaking out that I used an old expression about finding all the rope in teas and a tall oak tree about carrying out justice against bad guys. I meant it. We need more justice and less thought policing.

‘We need to stop evil doers, such as those who carried out the attack in Atlanta this week, or cartels abusing little children, or those who kill our cops on the streets. 

‘We should restore order by tamping out evil actors, not turn America into an authoritarian state like the Chinese Communists who seek to destroy us.

‘No apologies,’ he says.  

Asian American Congresswoman Grace Meng, who joined the hearing via Zoom, fought back tears as she responded to Roy's comments

Asian American Congresswoman Grace Meng, who joined the hearing via Zoom, fought back tears as she responded to Roy’s comments

Roy was slammed online by people who said he was 'glorifyingu00A0 lynching' with his choice of words

Roy was slammed online by people who said he was ‘glorifying  lynching’ with his choice of words

He also said: ‘My concern about this hearing is it seems to want to venture into the policing of rhetoric.’  

He was slammed for his comments by Democrats including Asian American Congresswoman Grace Meng. 

Representative Doris Matsui, Democrat of California, who was born in an internment camp, said it was also hurtful to hear people including Donald Trump refer to COVID-19 as the 'China virus'.

Representative Doris Matsui, Democrat of California, who was born in an internment camp, said it was also hurtful to hear people including Donald Trump refer to COVID-19 as the ‘China virus’.

She fumed: ‘I want to go back to something that Mr. Roy said earlier.   

‘Your president and your party and your colleagues can talk about issues with any other country that you want, but you don’t have to do it by putting a bull’s eye on the backs of Asian-Americans across this country. 

‘On our grandparents and on our kids. 

‘This hearing was to address the hurt and pain of our community and to find solutions! We will not let you take our voice away from us!’ 

Representative Doris Matsui, Democrat of California, who was born in an internment camp, said it was also hurtful to hear people including Donald Trump refer to COVID-19 as the ‘China virus’.

‘Last year, as I heard, at the highest levels of government, people use racist slurs, like “China virus,” to spread xenophobia and cast blame on innocent communities, it was all too familiar.’ 

The hearing on Thursday was scheduled several weeks ago amid an uptick in targeted violence against Asian Americans across the country. 

Many of the attacks were by people who blamed victims for COVID-19 because it was first found in Wuhan, China. 



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