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One month after being called out for making racist remarks on social media, Lori Maslow recently stepped down as district leader of New York’s 41st Assembly District.
The Brooklyn Paper reports the resignation came after numerous mayoral candidates including Andrew Yang refused in protest to participate in a debate sponsored by the Brooklyn Democratic Party.
Maslow said she has been targeted with both harassment and death threats.
“In attempting to show support for this young woman and call out the Chinese government for its oppression, I wrote a criticism of the Chinese government which people misconstrued as offensive,” Maslow wrote. “My tweet mentioned food, but I should have elaborated that my concern was eating while this tortured journalist was on a hunger strike,” she said in a statement.
As AsAmNews reported last month, that tweet read ““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.”
Maslow told the New York Post that she didn’t want to be a liability to Democrats.
“I ask that my statements not be attributed to the Brooklyn Democratic Leadership — I was the writer, not the party leadership. My constituents elected me, and I am responsible to them,” said Maslow in her statement.
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