Sunday, March 05, 2017
"Orientals" is a bad word
He was referring to the Chinese Communists
Rep. Mike Bost said Thursday he regretted invoking a racially insensitive term and reference to explain why he would not hold in-person town hall events.
The Illinois Republican's comments were reported by The Southern Illinoisan, whose editorial board met with him last week. They discussed his lack of in-person town hall events, and he said such events would be an unproductive use of his time and used the derogatory term "Orientals" in the process.
"The amount of time that I have at home is minimal, I need to make sure that it's productive," Bost told the Illinoisan. "You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you'd put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That's not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive."
Bost told CNN in a statement that he regretted his choice of words for creating a distraction and said there was "no malicious intent." He also called on people not to disrupt town hall events.