Right now in Hawaii, Republican Angela Kaaihue is running against Democratic incumbent Tulsi Gabbard for a House seat, but it isn’t going very well. The first controversy her campaign faced came when she released posters saying, “I’m healthy, I’m cancer-free.” Hawaiian representative Mark Takai died last month after a battle with cancer. He had previously announced he would not be seeking reelection and Kaaihue is running for his seat.
Her latest scandal comes in the form of a Facebook post. Watch this, via Hawaii News Now:
The screed that she posted on her social media account was aimed at Japanese people, called them “conspirators, stealers and liars,” and included so many objectionable words that the redacted version was all that could be shown on television. Since she has deleted the post now, the censored photo is all that is left.
That is enough, though. The Hawaii Republican Party disavowed her on Friday. In a statement that said her comments “do not represent the views, values, or the sentiments of our Party and its members,” Chair Fritz Rohlfing made it very clear that she and her views are not welcome.
Of Rohlfing, she said, “Well he’s nobody, that’s what he is. He’s a nobody, and he should be replaced, that’s what I think.”
Oh, and if you’re still shocked about her racist ranting, take heart! She did clarify her statements, sort of. She said, “I truly regret posting that about Japanese people. I don’t think all Japanese people are bad, I just think that the non-Christian Japanese people.”
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