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Washington (CNN) Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Thursday it is a “heartbreaking phenomenon” that Asian Americans have been the target of a growing number of racist and xenophobic attacks related to the coronavirus.

Yang, a CNN political commentator, told CNN’s Lisa Ling on a live episode of “Go There,” CNN’s show on Facebook Watch, “I’ve gotten the same messages you have, Lisa, about friends and Asian Americans who are being either spat on or attacked or assaulted around the country.”

“And it’s just a heartbreaking phenomenon where, just like you, I mean, we’re reacting to this the same way any other American does, which is with anxiety about the future and concern about what’s going to happen with our families, our neighbors,” Yang continued.

“But then it’s compounded by the fact that you know there’s this massive increase in hostility and animosity towards Chinese Americans, Asian Americans, because so many Americans associate this virus with China.”

President Donald Trump said last week that the spread of the coronavirus in the US is not the fault of Asian Americans , and that it is important to protect the Asian American community in the US.

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