In Rare Rebuke, Elaine Chao evokes Trump’s anti-Asian attacks

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Former US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has spoken out against Donald Trump after his repeated racist attacks against her.

“When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or pronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation,” Chao said in a statement to Politico. “He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a lot more about him than it ever did about Asian Americans.”

Trump used a racist nickname to describe Chao earlier this week when he tossed together a hodgepodge of conspiracy theories to attack her and her husband.

The post came amid a string of mass shootings against Asian-American communities in California, and after an increase in anti-Asian discrimination and violence related to the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, 11 people were killed in Monterey Park during the Lunar New Year celebrations. On Monday, seven more people were shot dead in Half Moon Bay.

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