(AFP) – A Japanese-American lawmaker took offense Wednesday after Republican Senator Lindsey Graham likened the Democrats' drive on health care to a Japanese suicide attack in World War II.
Graham, in a radio interview in his home state of South Carolina, lashed out at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, over her efforts to bring Democrats in line to approve health care reform, a top priority for President Barack Obama.
"Nancy Pelosi, I think, has got them all liquored up on sake and you know, they're making a suicide run here," Graham said.
Representative Mike Honda, who spent part of his childhood interned due to his Japanese origin, asked Graham to "show respect for our fellow Americans."
"I am disheartened that Senator Graham chose to use racially tinged rhetoric to express his opposition to health care reform," said Honda, who heads the Asian-American caucus in Congress.
There is a way to engage in healthy debate without alienating Asian-Americans, who are an important part of this democracy and health care reform," he said in remarks that he partially posted on Twitter.
Graham replied that he was making a broader point -- that he believed there was already too much government involvement in health care."My comments really reflect the fanaticism of the Democratic leadership. And I don't know whether (it was) sake or moonshine, but no sober person would do this," he said.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:21 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by Brickhouse95 at 1:26 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:27 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
The Japanese did get drunk on Sake and do suicide runs. Why is it taboo to mention it? Nobody seems to think it's taboo to mention the crazy things those of European decent have done. It's not like he made it up.
Please dont pretend you dont understand context
Answer by Anonymous at 1:31 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:33 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
I definitely see the point Graham was trying to make. I also think people have really become overly sensitive and way to politically correct. Good grief, someone is always bitching about something someone said.
Answer by AngelDawn7 at 1:39 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Mar. 18, 2010
Answer by 29again at 1:54 PM on Mar. 18, 2010