Following Sery Kim’s comments on Chinese immigration at a GOP forum last week, the Republican candidate for the 6th congressional district is facing immense backlash and has lost the endorsement of two representatives who formerly supported her run.
Kim is a Korean American running in the special election to be held May 1, 2021 to replace the late Ron Wright who died from the coronavirus in February. Kim is among 23 contenders for the seat and had been formerly endorsed by Korean California Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel.
Last week, Kim lashed out against Chinese immigrants, accusing them of stealing intellectual property, creating the coronavirus in a Wuhan lab, and border manipulation. She went on to dismiss reports of a rise in hate crimes involving Asian-American victims and asserted her right to make the comments by drawing on her Korean heritage: “Quite frankly, I can say that because I’m Korean.”
The Republican candidate has since defended and reiterated her comments on Twitter, declaring that she “will not back down from speaking the truth.”
On Friday, California Reps. Young Kim and Steel condemned Sery Kim’s remarks and withdrew their endorsements.
“Sery’s comments were unacceptable and hurtful, especially at a time when hate targeting the community is on the rise, and we made that clear to her today,” Young Kim and Steel said. “Chinese Americans, and all Asian Americans, are Americans and are contributing to our communities each day. As we have said, discrimination and violence against Asians and Asian Americans has to stop. COVID does not discriminate, and no American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for spreading the virus.”