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Calls for Brooklyn leader to resign over racist tweet

A Democratic District Leader in Brooklyn resigned Monday from a committee post after her anti-Asian tweet sparked an uproar, reports Brooklyn Magazine.

However demands continue for her to resign her position as Marine Park Democratic District Leader.

“I hereby resign from my position as 6th vice chair of the Kings County Democratic County Committee effective immediately. I sincerely apologize for the poor choice of words I used in a social media posts over the weekend, which were hurtful to members of the Chinese American Community,” Lori Maslow said Monday.

In her tweet, which has since been deleted, she wrote “We’re sick of buying from China. They did this to us. They lied to us. And yes, Trump played outside role as well. I, for one, will never, ever buy anything made in China again. Join me, I can’t even look at Chinese food now.” 

New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou responded with a passionate series of tweets about living as a “perpetual foreigner.”

The Brooklyn Paper reports several Democratic leaders called for her resignation in a joint statement:

“Her resignation from a ceremonial position as 6th Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee is an empty gesture and an insufficient action in response to her bigoted statement,” eight progressive politicians wrote in an open letter. “Witnessing Leader Maslow’s most recent remarks and learning now about her clear pattern of bigoted posts, we call on District Leader Lori Maslow to resign immediately from her position as State Committee Member and District Leader.”

Since Maslow’s tweets, the Brooklyn Paper reports other tweets from her surfaced against Palestinians and Palestinian American Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

A spokeswoman for the party declined to comment further, but others joined in calls for Maslow’s resignation from her elected position.

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