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Democrat Sparks Backlash After Claiming To Be an 'Asian Trapped in a White Body'

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Democratic Hawaii Congressman Ed Case made waves in Washington this past week, but not the picturesque kind found off his home island of Oahu.

Case was speaking at the “2019 Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of the 116th Congress” last Tuesday, when the congressman, who is not Asian, tried to express his sentiments about representing a district that has a majority Asian population, the Washington Times reported.

“I’m an Asian trapped in a white body,” Case said, according to National Journal fellow Nicholas Wu, who tweeted Case’s comments.

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Case tried to defuse the tsunami.

He emailed a statement to The Washington Post, saying he was “fiercely proud” to represent the ethnically diverse state of Hawaii.

“Like so many others from Hawaii who treasure our multicultural heritage, I have absorbed and live the values of our many cultures,” Case said.

“They and not my specific ethnicity are who I am, and I believe that this makes me an effective advocate on national issues affecting our API community,” he said.

“I regret if my specific remarks to the national API community on my full absorption of their concerns caused any offense,” he said.

Nestor Garcia, Case’s spokesman, said in the email that Case was talking about “what his Japanese-American wife sometimes says about him.”

Case had served in Congress from 2002 through 2007. He has run in Democratic primaries for the U.S. Senate but lost them, most recently to Sen. Mazie Hirono in 2012.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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