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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Republican Congressman

Posted by M. C. on May 21, 2021

Where oh where to begin

“More than 6,500 crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported across the country, including fatal shootings and stabbings.” What other crimes and how are they different for Asians? How many of the 6500 crimes were shootings and stabbings, 6 or 6000?

“Asian American women suffered twice as many incidents than Asian American men during the ‘shocking’ rise of racist attacks during the pandemic, Biden said.” Shocking rise? May well be but don’t accept anything the govt says at face value. When gun control legislation became popular law makers praised the resultant decrease in crime. The problem was there was already a decline that began decades before.

“We are committed to stop the hatred and the bias,’ he said before signing the act into law.” How do you legislate love. It reminds me of the Vietnam era. We are here to win your hearts and minds or else we will burn your village down.

“The representative has not said in a public statement why he opposed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. Most of his recent public statements have been in support of Israel.” So is support of the most apartheid country in the Middle East by this bad congressperson supposed to be a good thing or not. I am confused. I think the article’s author is confused also.

Verbal abuse, like it or not, is not a crime unless it is accompanied by physical aggression. Such being struck or stolen from (like taxation).

What is a COVID hate crime? In deed what is a hate crime? Aren’t all crimes of violence bad no matter the victim? Hate crime legislation is pitiful, needless showboating by politicians trying to appear to be doing something constructive and to buy votes from targeted groups.

Playing ethnic groups for suckers to get votes. That is the crime here.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=37720d58c_1345d7d

Candy Woodall Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK Congress on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, and on Thursday afternoon President Joe Biden signed it into law.

Of the 20 lawmakers who represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. House and Senate, only one voted against it: Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican from York County.

The measure is a response to a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, who have faced more discrimination during the pandemic. That’s been true in Pennsylvania and across the country.

More than 6,500 crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported across the country, including fatal shootings and stabbings.

Asian American women suffered twice as many incidents than Asian American men during the ‘shocking’ rise of racist attacks during the pandemic, Biden said.

‘We are committed to stop the hatred and the bias,’ he said before signing the act into law.

Legislation to fight against verbal and physical abuse passed the U.S. House 364-62. It previously passed the Senate 94-1.

The only votes against the act were from Republicans, and Perry was the only one from Pennsylvania. Even the state’s most conservative representatives voted in favor of it.

Why Perry voted against it is unclear. His office has not responded to a question seeking comment and further explanation.

Perry previously drew criticism this year when he voted against the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act and for his actions after the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. After the insurrection on Jan. 6, Perry moved to decertify Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, perpetuating former President Donald Trump’s unproven claims of a stolen election.

The representative has not said in a public statement why he opposed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. Most of his recent public statements have been in support of Israel.

The act creates an official review process in the Justice Department to expedite pandemic-related investigations of hate crimes. It also provides expanded support to state and local law enforcement agencies when responding to hate crimes.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday praised Biden for signing the legislation into law.

‘Hate has no place in Pennsylvania, or in America,’ Wolf said.

‘As a nation, we must stand against hatred, discrimination and intolerance in every form. I applaud the lawmakers who passed this bill, and President Biden for signing it into law. Thank you for standing with our Asian and Asian-American community.’

Candy Woodall is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Pennsylvania Capital Bureau. She can be reached at 717-480-1783 or on Twitter at @candynotcandace. This coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Sign up today for a digital subscription.

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