Proclaiming “no more communists,” Texas house candidate Shelley Luther proposed via Twitter that Chinese students should not be allowed to enroll in Texas colleges, reported the Star-Telegram.
The tweet which has since been deleted by the Republican candidate is being met with outrage.
“Texas taxpayers should not be subsidizing the next generation of CCP leaders,” she wrote. “It’s common sense: CCP members should not have access to our schools.”
According to the South China Morning Post, Texas House Representative Gene Wu called the comments by Lewis “ignorant, hateful, and incite violence against not only Chinese Americans, but all Asian Americans”.
“To casually conflate all Chinese students in America with actual registered members of the ruling party in the People’s Republic of China is not only ignorance of an extreme nature, it is also the type of rhetoric that drives anti-Asian hate crimes,” Wu said. “Luther’s racist statement not only paints a target on the backs of Chinese nationals studying in America, but it labels and targets anyone who looks or sounds vaguely Asian as a potential enemy.”
Luther however is showing no signs of backing down. While her original tweet has disappeared, over the past 24 hours she has retweeted several anti-China tweets.
She also accused China of creating the “virus.”
She also blasted Wu, labeling him a “socialist Democrat.”
“It doesn’t surprise me that a socialist Democrat who doesn’t even know how to show up to work thinks the position that communist Chinese citizens should not access taxpayer-funded state institutions is racist,” Luther said to The Texas Tribune.
Last year Wu was one of several Democrats who left the state to deny Republicans a quorum to pass their election reform bill.
Luther gained national attention in 2020 when police arrested her for defying the governor’s orders to close down her hair salon to stem the pandemic.
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