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WASHINGTON — Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., fears for his safety when leaving his home to get groceries, he told USA TODAY in a recent interview.

Amid a rise in anti-Asian American sentiment, many Asian Americans have reported an uptick in discrimination and hate crimes.

“It seems like there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country,” Trump said when asked why he commented on Asian Americans.

This is part of the “foreignness” Asian Americans experience, explained Grace Kao, chair of the Yale University Department of Sociology.

And it’s completely irresponsible for him to use unnecessary language that then puts a target on the backs of Asian Americans.”

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