Former governor Mike Huckabee was slammed on Twitter over the weekend after he sent out a controversial tweet about identifying as Chinese.
"I’ve decided to 'identify' as Chinese," Huckabee tweeted on Saturday, April 3. "Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my 'values' and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain’t America great?"
"Breaking wind from CNN! Coke will announce name change today to 'Woke-A-Cola' which has been approved by the Chinese Communist Party & by the leftist loons who the company bows to more than their actual customers. #CancelCulture," Huckabee added on Monday, April 5.
The comment is believed to be in response to Major League Baseball withdrawing the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta after a change in voting laws, which will put new restrictions on voting by mail. Many argued that it would make it more difficult for minorities to vote, and big companies such as Coca-Cola and Delta also objected to the change.
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu accused Huckabee of "adding fuel to anti-Asian hate" and asked Huckabee’s daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas, if she condoned it. "Asking on behalf of Americans everywhere who drink Coke, fly Delta, wear Nikes and watch baseball," he tweeted.
"Hey Mike Huckabee, I asked around and Coke likes me, Delta agrees with my values, I wear Nikes and my hometown Dodgers won the World Series. But it’s not because of my ethnicity. It’s because I’m not a s**thead like you who is adding fuel to anti-Asian hate. #StopAAPIHate," Lieu wrote.
"Elderly Asian women are getting beaten up on the street and you say this?" actress Patricia Arquette added.
"Mike, I’ve shared a meal with you at your beautiful table. I’ve heard you profess Christ as Lord," Christian author Beth Moore tweeted. "This is entirely antithetical to the gospel."
"I don’t take Twitter or myself that seriously but I do take gospel seriously," Huckabee replied to Moore. "I truly wish you only joy & continued blessings. May the power of the resurrection lift you to high places this Easter weekend my dear sister!"
President Joe Biden referred to the new bill as "Jim Crow on steroids" and later said he would "strongly support" the MLB protest. "I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly," Biden told ESPN. "People look to them. They are leaders."
Huckabee’s comments come as anti-Asian hate is reportedly on the rise. Hate crimes against Asian-Americans rose by 150 percent in 2020, according to NBC News, which has largely been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, a security video from Hell’s Kitchen showed a 65-year-old woman being assaulted by a man who told her she doesn’t "belong here."