Fox News’ “The Five’s” Bob Beckel never lets an opportunity to rail against China pass him by, but a reference to “Chinamen” last week sent him back into the doghouse. Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus chair U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat whose California district is majority Asian-American, has called for Beckel’s firing.
California State Senator Ted Lieu, also a Democrat, has called for Beckel to resign.
Mr. Lieu, a Chinese-American Democrat looking to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, called the comments “racist” and “xenophobic,” in a press release first noticed by Mediaite.
“His comments have no place in America, and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately,” said Mr. Lieu, also taking issue with a comment made by Mr. Beckel last year when he said his eyes looked Oriental after taking a swim in the pool.
Beckel apologized for the comment Monday on “The Five.” “I made some comments last week about Chinese people which apparently upset some people, for which I apologize,” he said at the beginning of the show. “However, I do not apologize for things I’ve said about China and won’t go into the litany of it now, because there’s too many China apologists in this country.”
Um, you might want to ask Beckel himself about his “conservatism.”
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