What could be behind these numbers? The study reveals that Asian Americans are shifting toward the Democratic Party and, “exclusionary rhetoric is a likely cause.” Donald Trump has engaged in such “exclusionary rhetoric” regularly throughout his campaign, often adopting an offensive “Chinese accent” when discussing trade with China. Trump has used his offensive Chinese accent–imitating Chinese negotiators saying, “We want deal.”
Trump’s offensive rhetoric about Hispanics and Muslims is well documented, but his bigotry doesn’t stop there. His offensive parodies of the Chinese, as well as South Asians, is being noticed by minority communities, and the electoral implications are clear.
- Trump Said Chinese Negotiators Say “We Want Deal.” [Donald Trump, Rally, Holderness, NH, 2/7/16]
- Trump Imitated A Chinese Accent To Say “We Want Deal.” [Donald Trump, Rally, Dubuque, IA, 8/25/15]
- Trump Used A Fake Indian Accent To Mock Offshored Call Centers. “Do you ever call up on your credit card? You want to find out about your credit card. Guess what? You’re talking to a person from India. You say how the hell does that work? I said to the person, ‘Where are you from?’ I was just, really, not checking on my card, I was actually finding out if this was true. So I called up under the guise I’m checking on my card and I said ‘Where are you from?’ ‘We are from India.’ Oh great. That’s wonderful. Thank you very much. That’s all I need. Bomp.” [Donald Trump, Rally, Harrington,DE, 4/22/16]
Published: May 23, 2016