Two Korean American House lawmakers pulled their endorsements of a fellow Republican running for Congress after she made “hurtful” comments about Chinese immigrants.
Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel, Californians who are also the first two Korean American Republicans to serve in Congress, issued a joint statement on Friday announcing their reversal regarding Sery Kim.
“As the first Korean American Republican women to serve in Congress, we want to empower and lift up fellow members of the AAPI [Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders] community who want to serve their communities,” they said. “We talked with Sery Kim yesterday about her hurtful and untrue comments about Chinese immigrants and made clear that her comments were unacceptable.”
Young Kim and Steel said they tried to get Sery Kim to apologize, but she refused. “We cannot in good conscience continue to support her candidacy,” they said.
Sery Kim, a