Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is under fire for a tweet he posted over the weekend saying he will “identify as Chinese” in order to earn the approval of major US corporations.
The ex-governor and former GOP presidential hopeful caused the social media response on Saturday, when he posted, “I’ve decided to ‘identify’ as Chinese.
“Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my ‘values’ and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain’t America great?” Huckabee continued, referencing some businesses that have criticized Georgia’s new voting law.
The tweet was met with immediate backlash on the social media platform, with many noting the steep uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year.
“Elderly Asian women are getting beaten up on the street and you say this?” wrote actress Patricia Arquette.
One lawmaker responded by asking the former governor’s daughter, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whether she condoned her father’s rhetoric.