A group of Asian-American Republicans has officially elected Joe Biden as president one day before the 2020 election.
The National Committee of Asian-American Republicans announced the endorsement in a press release. His support for the Democratic candidate is a postponement from 2016, when the group supported President Donald Trump’s first White House candidacy. The Group originally supported former Florida governor Jeb Bush during the Republican primary and then Trump in the general election.
“It’s okay that you voted for Trump in 2016, like most Conservatives; we wanted an outsider to mess up the system,” the group said. “But he is destroying the whole building. It’s also okay that you disagree with the policies of many Biden. The issue is whether America is still THE America. The future of our families, our communities, our great nation and the world is at stake!
The press release ended with this message: “Vote for Joe Biden, SAVE AMERICA!
The group criticized Trump for his divisive rhetoric, citing in particular his remarks about the Proud Boys, an extreme right-wing group. During the first presidential debate, when he was asked to condemn white supremacy, Trump called on the Proud Boys to “step down and stand by.
The group said Trump’s message to the Proud Boys was a reminder of the “Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, when the dictator called on his supporters to suppress all different political voices as unpatriotic.
Asian Americans are the fastest growing segment of the United States electorate, according to the Pew Research Center. More than 11 million Asian Americans are eligible to vote this year, some of them in key states like Georgia and Texas.
Surveys have consistently shown that Biden has an advantage in this demographic group. A poll published in mid-September showed that Democrats among Asian Americans have a 24 percent advantage over Trump, with 14 percent of voters still undecided. The survey was conducted by AAPI Data, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and APIAVote.
In its endorsement of Biden, the National Committee of Asian-American Republicans called for a complete transformation of the country’s political system.
“Our electoral process and political system needs serious reform, with a transparent track record, careful scrutiny of our candidates, better opportunities to make our choices, and electoral methods that are appropriate for the 21st century. “Our powerful country needs a fresh start. To make America great again, all sides must come together to heal a divided nation.
Washington Newsday approached both presidential campaigns with a request to comment on the endorsement, but did not receive a response in time for publication.