The ‘comedy’ act by Donald Trump, who has made tough talk about economic competition with China and Japan a staple of his presidential pitch, angered Asian-American advocacy groups.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump lampooned Asians during a campaign rally in Iowa, mocking them with broken English.
“Negotiating with Japan, negotiating with China,” Trump said during a Tuesday speech in Dubuque before folding his hands over his middle.
“When these people walk in the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh, hello! How’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. Isn’t it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh they’re doing wonderful. Great,” Trump continued.
He put on an exaggerated scowl.
“They say, ‘We want deal!’” he bellowed.
The crowd rewarded him with laughter.
Trump did his stand-up routine the same day he took to Twitter to trash rival Jeb Bush for making a reference to Asians while discussing “anchor babies.”
The term, used to describe the U.S.-born citizen children of undocumented immigrants, is widely considered a slur.
Trump has refused to stop using the term and supports a legal challenge to “birthright citizenship.”
After Bush said he was referring specifically to “birth tourism” services patronized by wealthy Asians who want to deliver children in the U.S., Trump let loose.
“Asians are very offended that JEB said that anchor babies applies to them as a way to be more politically correct to hispanics. A mess!” Trump tweeted.
The comedy act by Trump — who’s made tough talk about economic competition with China and Japan a staple of his presidential pitch — angered Asian-American advocacy groups.
“It wasn’t enough for Jeb Bush to insult Asian Americans with his ‘anchor baby’ slur? Now Donald Trump mocks the way Asians speak after calling for an end to birthright citizenship,” Margaret Fung of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund told the Daily News Wednesday.
“If these offensive remarks continue, no one should be surprised when Asian American voters turn their back on Republican candidates in 2016.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Carl Hum of Asian Americans Advancing Justice also called the recent remarks “demeaning” to immigrants.
“Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen Asian Americans portrayed as the perpetual foreigner – dismissing our strong American roots, ignoring our contributions and treating us as expendable,” he said. “I fear this won’t be the last time this election cycle that Asians are mocked and used as easy targets.”
Trump’s comments came after a news conference during which he had Univision host Jorge Ramos ejected from the room by security for not waiting to be called on to ask a question.