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

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

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuOvernight Defense: Mattis downplays Afghanistan papers | 'We probably weren't that good at' nation building | Judiciary panel approves two impeachment articles | Stage set for House vote next week Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Ted Lieu undergoes surgery following chest pain 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.”

ADVERTISEMENT

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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE faces backlash for telling four nonwhite lawmakers — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire 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.”