House Democrat says he still gets told to 'go back' to China

House Democrat says he still gets told to 'go back' to China
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Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Cities are the future: We need to coordinate their international diplomacy George Conway opposes #unfollowTrump movement MORE (D-Calif.), who was born in Taiwan and is a naturalized American citizen, shared Tuesday that despite the fact that he served in the U.S. military and has been a member of Congress since 2015, people still tell him to “go back” to China.

“I served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and currently serve in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Lieu said in an op-ed published in The Washington Post. “Yet I still experience people telling me to 'go back' to China or North Korea or Japan. Like many immigrants, I have learned to brush off this racist insult.”

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However, Lieu said he never thought the day would come when the president of the United States “would tell members of Congress to ‘go back’ to another country.”

The California Democrat’s remarks come as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE faces backlash for telling four nonwhite lawmakers — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIsrael should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Jewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy MORE (Minn.) — to “go back” to their home countries.

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the U.S., however, and Omar is a naturalized citizen.

Trump’s comments have been denounced from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with four Republicans voting with Democrats in the House to pass a resolution condemning his tweets targeting the minority congresswomen as racist.

In his op-ed, Lieu wrote that to “say I was furious when I read Trump’s tweets would be an understatement.”

“Americans — white, black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American — understand that we are better than the president’s xenophobic message. Americans understand that rising drug prices, wage stagnation and inadequate infrastructure affect everyone, regardless of race,” he wrote. 

“It is heartening to see the reaction to Trump’s remarks from countless Americans who recognized that his words were repulsive,” he added. “Notwithstanding the current occupant of the Oval Office, the United States is, and will remain, an exceptional nation.”