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Politician Apologizes for Calling Chinese Gov’t ‘Mongrels’ on TV

Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer got himself in hot water earlier this month when he went on national television and referred to the Chinese as “mongrels” and “bastards” who “shoot their own people.” Palmer has since, of course, apologized.

Palmer was asked about his legal dealings with a Chinese company, and that’s what set him off. He referred to “these Chinese mongrels” and explained, “I’m saying this because they’re communists, because they shoot their own people, they haven’t got a justice system, and they want to take over this country, and we’re not gonna let them do it.”

Well, it took him a little over a week, but Palmer finally apologized, tweeting out the letter of apology he sent to the Chinese Ambassador to Australia. It reads, in part:

I most sincerely apologize for any insult to Chinese people caused by any of the language I used during my appearance on the ABC television program Q&A.

I regret any hurt or anguish such comments may have caused any party and I look forward to greater understanding for peace and cooperation in the future.

You can watch the BBC’s coverage of the gaffe, including video of Palmer’s comments, below:

[h/t ABC News]
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