Asian-American groups don’t like the increased public scrutiny that Hillary Clinton’s mysterious Chinese dishwasher donors are getting.
To which I say, in words that should be universally understood: Boo-freaking-hoo.
In the wake of eye-opening investigations by the New York Post
and Los Angeles Times
of more dubious foreign funny money flowing into Hill’s coffers, ethnic grievance organizations are stepping forward to condemn these stories as examples of “negligent journalism.” Yep. The newspapers are guilty of “negligence” because they actually broke news instead of covering it up.
Both papers uncovered dishwashers, cooks and other suspect Hillary campaign contributors in New York’s Chinatown, Flushing, the Bronx, and Brooklyn who were limited-income, limited-English-proficient and smellier than stinky tofu. One Asian donor admitted to the Los Angeles Times “to lacking the legal-resident status required for giving campaign money.” Another, Hsiao Wen Yang, told the New York Post she was reimbursed for her $1,000 donation — setting off clear alarm bells over yet another possible straw donor scheme on the heels of Norman Hsu-gate.
The reports prompted Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote, a “national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels,” to issue a press release this week carping about the media’s “undue scrutiny on a specific ethnic subgroup.” Lisa Hasegawa, APIAVote board member, expressed her dismay over the campaign finance probes zeroing in on New York City’s Chinatown:
“We are alarmed by the potential negative impact of irresponsible reporting and the harm it may have on legitimate political participation by members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It is imperative that the media approach these serious allegations with deliberation, focus and the highest levels of journalistic integrity. As the Asian American and Pacific Islander community embraces their right to participate in the civic process, it is important that the greater balance and responsibility be taken when addressing this important issue.”
Translation: Lay off the Chinese Dishwashers for Hillary, you racist, xenophobic, ethnic smear-mongers!
The only ones guilty of irresponsible behavior here are the political apologists for Hillary and the media organizations that would rather kowtow to political correctness than follow in the journalistic footsteps of the New York Post and Los Angeles Times. The Clinton campaign is counting on left-wing editors to capitulate under heat from Asian-American groups who want to deflect attention away from suspicious foreign donations.
“I’m going to keep reaching out to everybody in our country. I want to be a president to everybody,” said a defiant Hillary in defense of her indiscriminate fundraising. “Asian-Americans in Chinatown and Flushing have the same right to contribute as every other American,” Howard Wolfson, a campaign spokesman, told several newspapers. “We do not ethnically profile donors.”
“Ethnic profiling” is the rhetorical bugaboo the Clintons hope will stave off more investigations and invocations of Asian-American donor scandals past. Learning well from their far-left minority counterparts, these Asian-American groups have tried to turn the debate away from candidate and donor responsibility to the collective “rights” of the entire “Asian American and Pacific Islander community.”
The identity politics tribe can call it “ethnic profiling.” I call it learning from history. We’ve been here so many times before. With convicted DNC fundraiser John Huang and Charlie Trie and Pauline Kanchanalak and Maria Hsia. With the Chinese Buddhist monks and nuns who helped engineer a Gore campaign reimbursement scheme and shredded documents related to their temple fundraiser. With former Chinese-American Democrat governor of Washington, Gary Locke, who also took money from Chinese temple donors who couldn’t speak English, couldn’t remember when they donated or couldn’t be located.
Democrats apparently believe that only Americans should be saddled by Byzantine campaign finance regulations while foreign donors get a pass. Asian-American lobbyists apparently believe minority groups should get less scrutiny from the media than everyone else — lest “their right to participate in the civic process” be undermined.
If it’s “ethnic profiling” to be extra-careful of Chinatown donors who can’t speak English, live in dilapidated buildings, have never voted, can’t tell Hillary Clinton from Hunan Chicken or simply can’t be found, then “ethnic profiling” should be the standard procedure of every responsible campaign.
Discrimination is not a dirty word when it comes to keeping dirty money out of American politics.
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