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The California Democrat questions the sincerity of the Korean American Congressmen in opposing the AAPI hatred


California Democratic MP Katie Porter questioned California Republican Michelle Steel’s sincerity after the two worked together on a resolution condemning hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

During a podcast interview with the Los Angeles Times published this week, Porter said she was discouraged by her experience with Korean-American Steel.

Steel came under fire for apologizing to Conservative supporters earlier this year for collaborating with Porter on legislation.

“So, I think it was daunting for me as a Californian to see as an American that this is some kind of political joke for her, that she worked with me,” Porter told the publication. “I think it made me question your sincerity on the key issue, AAPI hatred, which is a very, very important issue. Both here in Orange County and across the country I want to keep looking for good Republican partners. But I want them to be sincere. “

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A Steel spokesperson did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Porter’s interview.

During a speech by the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly, Steel mentioned the legislation she was working on with the progressive Porter and apologized.

“I know I don’t want to work with her, but I need her to pass this, that’s why,” Steel said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “I’m sorry.”

Steel’s office said the comment was intended as a joke, the LA Times reported.

At the time, Porter said it was “no joke” for her to stand up against hate crimes.

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The resolution was introduced because hate crimes against Asian Americans increased during the pandemic. Nearly 3,000 firsthand reports of hate crimes against Asian-American and Pacific islanders were recorded between March and December 2020, the Steel office found.

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