Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Called for Communist China Political Ad
- Rep. Tim Ryan released a campaign ad aimed at workers in Ohio, saying “it’s us against China.”
- AAPI Victory Fund said the video “stirs up racist pedagogy” against East Asian Americans.
- Ryan told NBC News he would not apologize for the announcement.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democratic Senate candidate, released a campaign announcement apparently blaming China for the wage and job problems in the United States.
The ad, which features Ryan speaking to different labor groups in his state, refers to China as an enemy of workers and says it’s “us against China.”
“China is manufacturing us left and right and it’s time to fight back. We need to pull out all the stops and that starts with investing in the workers of Ohio,” read a tweet from Ryan.
The announcement was quickly criticized by advocates for Asian American Pacific Islanders.
Critics, including AAPI organizations and Representative Grace Meng, said the ad campaign is contributing to anti-Asian sentiment. The announcement comes at a time when anti-Asian hate crimes and attacks are on the rise in major US cities, many of which are linked to anti-China sentiment and COVID-19.
The AAPI Victory Fund released a statement condemning the ad, saying it was Sinophobic and pitted Asian Americans against other Americans.
“Rep. Tim Ryan’s publicity for his Ohio Senate campaign stokes a racist pedagogy toward China and makes East Asian Americans vulnerable to attack,” said Shekar Narasimhan, President and founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, in the press release. “It may not be Rep. Ryan’s intention, but as he seeks a higher position, his words have added meaning.”
In a statement to NBC News, Ryan said he fought for workers and China was the United States’ “greatest economic adversary”.
“Ohio workers are the best in the world, and I will never apologize for doing everything in my power to stand up to China and fight for all Ohioans,” said Ryan.