FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 21, 2022
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GARDEN GROVE, CA – The Steel campaign has now been caught using a dangerous racist ad utilizing actors portraying Chinese Community Party (CCP) intelligence officers to shamelessly lie that Lt. Commander Jay Chen is a CCP Socialist Comrade.
“My grandmother fled from Communist China to Taiwan. I am a proud Taiwanese American who is honored to serve our country as an Officer in the United States Navy,” said Lt. Commander Jay Chen (res.). “By suggesting I am a CCP Socialist Comrade, Michelle Steel is not only playing dirty politics by questioning my patriotism, she is playing into harmful stereotypes, fueling anti-Asian Hate and putting the AAPI community in danger. Steel is setting a dangerous precedent and must immediately remove this attack and apologize to the AAPI community.”
An article in the LA Times has already detailed the disgusting and false red-baiting attacks Michelle Steel has been using to try and smear her opponent, Lt. Commander Jay Chen – specifically targeting immigrant communities.
The Orange County community has expressed outrage at Steel’s desperate tactics. In a press conference this month, local veterans joined Lt. Commander Jay Chen alongside House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) and Marine Corps Veteran and Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) to publicly denounce Michelle Steel’s attempt to call into question the patriotism of a service member.
A recent Letter to the Editor published in the LA Times also slammed Congresswoman Steel’s tactics, arguing that her shameful tactics are sadly in line with the extremist Republican party and that Steel “aligns herself with a party that wants to turn our democracy into something that resembles a dictatorship.”