- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2014

California state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is currently running for Congress, called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements he made about Chinese people.

The outspoken liberal pundit drew ire on Thursday when he said on Fox’s “The Five” that “Chinamen” are the most dangerous to national security, because they learn computers in the U.S, only to “go back to China and hack into us.”

Mr. Lieu, a Chinese-American Democrat looking to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, called the comments “racist” and “xenophobic,” in a press release first noticed by Mediaite.

“His comments have no place in America, and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately,” said Mr. Lieu, also taking issue with a comment made by Mr. Beckel last year when he said his eyes looked Oriental after taking a swim in the pool.

“I am one of those ‘Chinamen’ with ‘Oriental’ eyes that immigrated to America and majored in computer science,” Mr. Lieu said. “I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continue to serve my country in the Reserves.

“America is great because anyone can be an American. Our country is the strongest in the world because of our diversity. Unfortunately, Fox News host Bob Beckel does not understand what it means to be an American,” he continued. “His ignorant views are dangerous because it is precisely those types of extreme xenophobic and racist views that caused our government to massively violate constitutional rights during World War II and force more than 100,000 Americans into internment camps.

“It is Mr. Beckel’s extreme racist and xenophobic views that are a threat to the American people, and he should resign now,” Mr. Lieu concluded.

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