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Elaine Chao responds to Trump’s racist attacks on her Asian American heritage

Former transportation secretary Elaine Chao issued a rare public comment about former president Donald Trump — whose Cabinet she served in — and criticized his string of racist attacks aimed at her and other Asian Americans.

The most recent missive from the former president attempted to link Chao and her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to the classified documents found in President Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington.

“Does Coco Chow have anything to do with Joe Biden’s Classified Documents being sent and stored in Chinatown?” Trump posted on Truth Social on Monday. “Her husband, the Old Broken Crow, is VERY close to Biden, the Democrats, and, of course, China.”
In a statement, Chao said, “When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation. He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a whole lot more about him than it will ever say about Asian Americans.”

Politico was the first to report Chao’s statement.

Wednesday’s statement is the latest rupture between Trump, who has announced his third bid for the presidency in November, and a key insider in the Republican Party.

Trump spokesman Steven Cheung, who did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment, told Politico: “People should stop feigning outrage and engaging in controversies that exist only in their heads.”

Chao served as transportation secretary for all four years of Trump’s presidency before announcing her resignation following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

Chao’s father, James S.C. Chao, founded a successful international shipping company. She immigrated to the United States from Taiwan at age 8 without knowing how to speak English. She went on to graduate from Harvard Business School before working as a transportation banker. She also did stints as a White House fellow, at the Peace Corps, corporate boards and think tanks.

In 2001, Chao became the first Asian American woman to be named to a Cabinet post, serving as labor secretary under George W. Bush for eight years.

McConnell did not initially support Trump’s 2016 candidacy but aligned himself with the party’s standard-bearer once he secured the nomination. The two men developed a working relationship that produced legislation on tax cuts and the confirmations of a bevy of judicial appointments, but the alliance was severed after the attack on the Capitol and a string of election losses that the senator essentially blamed on Trump.

Trump posted a racist interpretation of Chao’s last name in a social media post in October, after McConnell helped pass legislation to avert a government shutdown. In that post, Trump also said McConnell “has a DEATH WISH!”

Before that, Trump called Chao “crazy” and said McConnell helped her “family get rich on China!”

Chao has largely avoided responding to Trump and urged journalists not to quote his inflammatory rhetoric. The “media continuously repeats his racist taunt,” Chao told CNN in December. “And so, he’s trying to get a rise out of us. He says all sorts of outrageous things, and I don’t make a point of answering any one of them.”

McConnell also issued a rare and pointed criticism of Trump that month, telling NBC News that some of the Republicans’ midterm losses were a result of the candidates Trump had promoted. McConnell added, “I think the former president’s political clout has diminished.”

But Chao hasn’t been the sole focus of Trump’s seemingly racist remarks about Asian Americans.

As the coronavirus pandemic amped up across the United States and the world in March 2020, Trump publicly referred to it as the “Chinese virus.” Trump’s use of the phrase “Chinese virus” on social media was linked to a spike in anti-Asian hashtags, according to a study co-written by an epidemiology professor in California.

At a campaign rally in June 2020, he added another racist nickname to the mix, this time calling covid “Kung flu.”

“The fact that he got the crowd so riled up was just chilling,” Chris Lu, a Chinese American who served as Cabinet secretary in the Obama White House, said that summer. “In that really primal desire to get a rise out of the crowd and get that affirmation he wants, he went to this place that has such bad consequences for Asian Americans broadly and for Asian American kids in particular. It’s a joke to him but not to us.”

In November, Trump attacked Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), writing on social media that the last name of the Republican, who is talked about as a potential Trump challenger for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, “Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?”

Former Maryland governor Larry Hogan (R) said Trump’s comment — which was false, Youngkin is not Asian — was “racist” and “Asian hate.”

Chao’s remarks Wednesday stand in stark contrast to her tenure in the Trump administration, in which she supported the president even during some of his most tumultuous moments. In August 2017, she was at the president’s side in the lobby of Trump Tower, visiting New York ostensibly to discuss infrastructure. Trump said she was doing a “fabulous job.”

Yet those remarks became infamous when Trump veered off topic to discuss far-right violence that had engulfed Charlottesville days before, saying that a group of white-supremacist demonstrators included “very fine people” and that the blame for the violence lay with “both sides.”

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Trump called for the creation of a “new credentialing body” that would “certify teachers who embrace patriotic values” while “radicals, zealots and Marxists” (and “pink-haired communists”) would be fired. (Trump has hailed the insurrectionists of Jan. 6, 2021, as “great patriots.”)



Trump called for the creation of a “new credentialing body” that would “certify teachers who embrace patriotic values” while “radicals, zealots and Marxists” (and “pink-haired communists”) would be fired. (Trump has hailed the insurrectionists of Jan. 6, 2021, as “great patriots.”)
Excellent, drive more teachers from the profession. Idiocracy, here we come.


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These are simple measures any authoritarian leader would institute. Criticism of the state is criticism of Big Brother which is thoughtcrime.


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“Can you not vet the ads on Truth?” asked one user in a post directed at Mr. Trump. “I’ve been scammed more than once.”

On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise

Between posts about conspiracy theories and right-wing grievances was an unusual advertisement: a photo of former President Donald J. Trump holding a $1,000 bill made of gold, which he was apparently offering free to supporters.

But there were a few catches: The bill was not free, it was not made of gold, and it was not offered by Mr. Trump.

The ad appeared on Truth Social, the right-wing social network started by Mr. Trump in late 2021, one of many pitches from hucksters and fringe marketers dominating the ads on the site.

Ads from major brands are nonexistent on the site. Instead, the ads on Truth Social are for alternative medicine, diet pills, gun accessories and Trump-themed trinkets, according to an analysis of hundreds of ads on the social network by The New York Times.

The ads reflect the difficulty that several far-right platforms, including Rumble and Gab, have faced in courting large brands, preventing the sites from tapping into some of the world’s largest ad budgets. It could be particularly problematic for Truth Social. Although the site has gained influence among the far right, becoming a vibrant ecosystem brimming with activity, its business is in need of cash.

Truth Social raised about $37 million, mainly from Republican political donors, but it is burning through about $1.7 million each month, according to William Wilkinson, a former executive at Trump Media & Technology Group, the social network’s parent company. And two federal investigations have put about $1.3 billion of much-needed funding in jeopardy.

Devin Nunes, the chief executive of Trump Media, said in an announcement last year that the company’s ad strategy would help it “displace the Big Tech platforms” as a major way to reach Americans.

But ad experts say the wariness from prominent brands on far-right social networks, which have positioned themselves as free-speech alternatives to Silicon Valley giants like Meta and Google, is driven by the kinds of conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan politics often found on the sites.

In addition, they say, Truth Social has a relatively small user base and many older users, who are less desirable for the brands. Marketers have complained that Truth Social’s ad-serving technology, run by Rumble, a right-wing video streaming website, offers limited tools for tracking an ad’s performance or for showing ads to users based on their demographic profiles. Those tools, now standard among larger ad networks operated by Google and Meta, are vital for determining an ad’s success.

“The more you stray from that safe center, the more you become the fringe or the extreme on anything, then the less money you’re going to get,” said Tom Denford, the chief executive of ID Comms, an advertising consulting firm.
Truth Social and Trump Media & Technology Group did not respond to requests for comment.

Some ads echoed conservative talking points.​

These ads include a series of children’s books about the dangers of communism, an “anti-woke” life insurance company and a vaccine exemption card.

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Some ads pushed coins, bills and gold-plated bars.​

These ads often used Mr. Trump’s portrait. While the items are often described as “gold,” the checkout pages describe them as gold-plated, meaning they may have a patina of real gold. Mr. Trump’s supporters have been inundated with the ads since before his electoral victory in 2016.

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Many ads offered Trump-themed merchandise.​

Hats, T-shirts and other items often feature Mr. Trump’s slogan or portrait, though the merchandise was never sold through the former president’s official storefronts.

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Some ads drifted into outright fabrication.​

One ad for a $2 bill showed a fake tweet from President Biden calling for the Federal Reserve to outlaw the bill.

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Many ads focused on guns and survival.​

The ads targeted gun enthusiasts and so-called survivalists with knives, ammo and tactical gear.

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But the bulk of ads used disturbing images.​

Most of the ads from Truth Social reviewed by The Times used images designed to catch a user’s attention, like grotesque eyeballs and skin abnormalities, typically selling alternative medicines and miracle cures.

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Companies can typically use tools offered by digital ad services to prevent their ads from appearing near words or phrases that might upset customers — like war, assault or suicide. In a reflection of the wariness that brands have over Mr. Trump and his politics, the word “Trump” ranked as the 11th most common blacklisted term provided by advertisers in 2019, according to data from Integral Ad Science, a company focusing on brand safety.

“It’s really dangerous for major advertisers to be closely associated with a political figure and also a political movement,” said Bob Hoffman, an advertising industry veteran and the author of The Ad Contrarian, a newsletter critical of the industry. “It’s not in their best interest to get involved in that quagmire.”

Similar challenges faced Twitter after Elon Musk bought the company and said he would create a more permissive environment for free speech. Advertisers fled that platform or paused their campaigns in response, causing a significant drop in revenue.

“They pulled off Twitter because they are not sure that Twitter can fulfill their brand safety guidelines, and they will stay off until they are reassured,” Mr. Denford said.

Mr. Musk also welcomed Mr. Trump back on Twitter, reinstating his account in November. Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, announced this week that it would reinstate the president’s accounts after he was barred in 2021 from the social media services, which said Mr. Trump’s posts ran the risk of inciting more violence after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Mr. Trump is obligated to make his posts available exclusively on Truth Social for six hours, and he has not posted to other social networks since Truth launched. That deal expires in June but can be renewed.
Rumble, the video streamer that manages ads for Truth Social, earns $15 million to $25 million annually, according to estimates from Similarweb, a company that analyzes websites. Rumble did not respond to requests for comment.
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When ads launched on Truth last year using Rumble’s platform, marketers complained that it offered limited ways to target ads to people based on their demographics — like age, gender or interests. It also offered no way to track whether the ad resulted in a sale, a feature coveted by advertisers and offered by large ad networks like Google.

Maxwell Finn, an online marketer, said in a YouTube video that he was one of Truth Social’s top advertisers, spending more than $150,000 on ads, including those for Trump-themed hats, shirts, coins and novelty bills.

In the video, he called the ad platform “frustrating” and “bare bones,” adding that it lacked even basic functionality, forcing his company to manually track ad performance — a method that would prove impossible for advertisers with larger budgets.

“Do I think this is a platform where you can be spending tens of thousands of dollars a day, especially if you only have a few products?” he said in another video. “No, probably. The audience is just too small.”

Over time, the low-quality ads on Truth Social have irritated its own users, who have complained to Mr. Trump after repeatedly seeing the same disturbing images or after falling for misleading gimmicks.

“Can you not vet the ads on Truth?” asked one user in a post directed at Mr. Trump. “I’ve been scammed more than once.”