Dirty Half-Dozen: These Republican Senators Voted Against Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes Bill
There are six Republican senators who appear to have no problem with the growing trend of hate crimes being committed against Asian Americans. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama – all ethnically unthreatened white males – were the lone dissenting votes against a bill aimed at understanding and combating violence and harassment against Asian Americans.
Ever since twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump disgustingly insisted on referring to the coronavirus with derisive nicknames, Asian Americans have been subjected to increasingly violent physical assaults and other forms of harassment. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) is a co-author of the bill and said, “Combating hate should not be a partisan issue. It’s about the safety of all Americans.”
The bill directs the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick Garland to expedite a review of the hate crimes occurring all too frequently against members of the Asian American community. The vote on Wednesday was a procedural move intended to limit debate on the bill and speed its approval.
Cotton, Cruz, Hawley, Marshall, Paul and Tuberville apparently think there’s much to be debated about the urgency of spurring the Justice Department into action on the issue of anti-Asian American hate and voted in favor of an extended filibuster that would delay its enaction.
One Republican who voted to advance the bill quickly was Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose wife Elaine Chao is Asian. They both recognize that racism directed against the Asian community is real.