CAPAC Chair Statement Condemning Hate Crime Directed at Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Jul 13, 2022

Washington, D.C. — Last Saturday evening, a Seattle man repeatedly drove past Representative Pramila Jayapal’s home, yelling xenophobic obscenities and threatening Rep. Jayapal’s life. On Monday, according to the Seattle Police Department, the man responsible made his first appearance in court. Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement:

“I am appalled at this incident and have reached out to my friend and colleague, Rep. Jayapal, to check on her and her staff. This sort of anti-Asian rhetoric — which many in the AAPI community are all too familiar with — is not only xenophobic, but egregious and dangerous. Additionally, threats like this one including statements such as “go back to your country” work to sustain the perpetual foreigner stereotype our communities face daily. I am pleased to hear the individual responsible for this attack has been apprehended and it is my hope this will be investigated for what it so plainly is — a hate crime.”