For Immediate Release: March 10, 2020
CISNEROS STATEMENT ON YOUNG KIM’S REFUSAL TO CONDEMN GOP LEADER’S XENOPHOBIC TWEET
Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Gil Cisneros released the following statement after Young Kim refused to condemn GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bigoted tweet about the coronavirus:
“Asian Americans and businesses being discriminated against, assaulted, and targeted is not a partisan issue. Lives are being harmed by xenophobia, racism, and misinformation. It’s possible to both defend the Asian American community and help all Americans get the care they need, and Young Kim shouldn’t brush racist comments aside when lives are at stake. This just shows she’s not willing to stand up for the district, she’s only willing to stand up for GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and President Donald Trump. I will always fight for all my constituents and call out xenophobia and racism wherever they may exist. Doing anything less would be careless and unacceptable.”
Young Kim’s shameful avoidance of the issue can be found here.
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points.