California lawmaker accused of sexual harassment made anti-Asian comments: report

California lawmaker accused of sexual harassment made anti-Asian comments: report
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A California lawmaker who allegedly sexually harassed former staffers made anti-Asian comments in 2014, according to Politico.

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D), who was a prominent face of the #MeToo movement in her state before she was accused of groping, made the remarks in a closed-door meeting of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, the news outlet reported.

Sources told Politico that Garcia became angry in response to Asian-American activists lobbying to defeat an an affirmative action ban in the state’s college admissions.

“This makes me feel like I want to punch the next Asian person I see in the face,” she said, the sources added. 

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Former California Assembly Speaker John Perez (D) told Politico that he had to “strongly admonish” Garcia after her comments. Garcia that year also reportedly admitted to using homophobic slurs against Perez.

Perez told Politico that that he is “unaware” if Garcia ever apologized for the comments about Asians, and said he has not received any apology for her homophobic comments about him.

Garcia is currently on an unpaid leave of absence following accusations of sexual harassment from former staffers. She has denied those allegations.

The Hill has reached out to Garcia's office for comment.