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State Sen. Ted Lieu Calls On Fox TV Host Bob Beckel To Resign After Racist Remarks

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 11:56 am

Mirror Staff

State Senator Ted Lieu, who represents Santa Monica and much of the South Bay, today called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements the Fox TV host made about Chinese people.

“We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Fox News Host Bob Beckel," Lieu said. "His comments have no place in America and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately."

Beckel said during a broadcast Thursday of “The Five” that “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. … Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – err, Chinese people – how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”

Last year, Mr. Beckel said that after he went swimming, his “eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental.”

Lieu, a Chinese-American, said he was outraged.

“I am one of those ‘Chinamen’ with ‘Oriental’ eyes that immigrated to America and majored in computer science. I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continue to serve my country in the Reserves. And today, as an American and as a California State Senator, I call on Mr. Beckel to resign.

“America is great because anyone can be an American. Our country is the strongest in the world because of our diversity. Unfortunately, Fox News host Bob Beckel does not understand what it means to be an American.

“But Mr. Beckel’s comments are more than just racist and stupid. His ignorant views are dangerous because it is precisely those types of extreme xenophobic and racist views that caused our government to massively violate constitutional rights during World War II and force more than 100,000 Americans into internment camps.

“It is Mr. Beckel’s extreme racist and xenophobic views that are a threat to the American people and he should resign now.”

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Jul. 12, 2014, 5:39:43 pm

P.W. said...

Dude! Really? Senator, why don't you direct your outrage where it really belongs, at China, arguably the worst human rights violator on the planet. Aren't you aware, for instance, that the government there has effectively erased the Tiananmen Square massacre from contemporary Chinese history? Puhleeze!

Jul. 12, 2014, 5:47:39 pm

Qicai Shi said...

He is a ugly racist, loser.

Jul. 12, 2014, 9:44:30 pm

PC said...

P.W. really? Because of China's human right issue, anyone in the U.S. media can call a Chinese-American a racial name? Are we in the pre-Civil Right era? And you are criticizing the Senator for defending his Chinese heritage? What an ignorant bast..d you are!!!

Jul. 13, 2014, 12:25:45 am

Pw said...

PW, it's idiots like you who defend bigotry, racism and violence. America doesn't consist of white and black only. Get your grade school intelligence out the gutter. I guess people with an iq equivalent to a monkey can't be taught any better. If you did go to "college" you must have attend clown college because thats what you appear to be with those comments. It's comments like yours that make minorities want to support another country.

Jul. 13, 2014, 7:13:00 am

Daytripper said...

Sen. Lieu, Where were you when Veep Joe Biden said “you cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent,” talking about entrepreneurial immigants entering the U.S. Where were you when Harry Reid said president Obama would be successful “thanks to being light-skinned and speaking “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Where were you when former Dem party chair Dick Harpootlian denigrated S. Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Indian parents and heritage, stating that the Governor “can go back to wherever the hell she came from and this country can move forward.” Oh, and this beaut from Mr. Biden about his boss: “I mean, you’ve got the firt sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Lest we forget this from California state sen. Diane Watson: “I’ll have those (n*****s) voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” Sen. Lieu, playing politics is one thing. But you in particular have taken hypocrisy to a new level. Shame on you.

Jul. 13, 2014, 8:37:45 am

jl said...

And that's why our country is so torn and will only get worse, by comments and hate illustrated here. Ignorance + ignorance equals what? Surely you all are somewhat educated...

Jul. 13, 2014, 10:20:56 am

Bruria Finkel said...

Well said Senator you are the man I will support for senate in this election because of your commitment to our American way of life and your intelligence Good luck in this contest Best BF

Jul. 13, 2014, 10:31:33 am

Earl Bob said...

'Merica! Hoo Rah! Love me some guns and Toby Keith. We're #1!

Jul. 13, 2014, 10:36:56 am

Henry said...

Mr. Lieu must realize that this is what Fox News is. Ignorant low IQ racists catering to their group of the same. Not far off from the early Nazi party propaganda of the 1930s. Sieg Heil Merdock

Jul. 13, 2014, 11:57:35 pm

Jarrod Shea said...

Bob Beckel must go!!! Thanks Mr. Lieu

Jul. 14, 2014, 5:16:05 am

Job Steve said...

Sen. Lieu, are you still holding a Chinese nationality? you are here to protect American interests or awful Chinese communist interests?

Jul. 14, 2014, 9:29:19 am

wolflen said...

a politician playing the race card...hard to believe...where is al Sharpton when we need him..

Jul. 14, 2014, 5:38:07 pm

jim said...

Keep your PHONEY outrage to yourself, little man. you have done your best to ruin California, and now want a National Stage. I got News for you, WE DON"T CARE WHAT YOU THINK !! You are everything most Americans wish was nothing but a bad dream. Mr. Beckel has more MORAL AUTHORITY IN HIS LITTLE FINGER THAN YOU COULD EVER HOPE TO HAVE!!

Jul. 14, 2014, 10:40:33 pm

G.B.Cee said...

STOP CRYING...It wasn't racist or xenophobic...Although, I must admit, I love it when liberal DemonCrats feed on each other !!! I think the Senator doesn't realize that Beckel is from the same useless party as him. He just started to become unglued because he equated Fox News with the incident. FYI...I'm an Independent who holds both parties in equal disdain.

Jul. 17, 2014, 11:57:13 am

Paul said...

Whoever said that calling the Chinese a chink or chinaman is OK and not to be punished is really a bastard!!! You are enemy of all the chinese.

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