Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) baffled Twitter users on Sunday writing a post disparaging Asian-Americans amidst a deadly rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes in the Untied States.

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“I’ve decided to “identify” as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to [MLB] games,” the former governor said. The comment section of the former governor’s tweet was filled with several condemnations of the message as ‘overtly racist.’ Some of Huckabee’s former colleagues were deeply distraught by the governor’s comments.

Beth Moore, a Texas Evangelist and author, said the comments are not fitting for someone who claims to be a religious leader.

In a statement soon after, the former governor said, “I don’t take Twitter or myself that seriously but I do take gospel seriously. I truly wish you only joy & continued blessings.”

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