- Hima Kolanagireddy was among witnesses produced by Rudy Giuliani who asserted oft-repeated, oft-debunked claims of voter fraud and election misconduct.
An Indian American poll worker created quite a storm on Twitter after she made racist remarks about Chinese people. Speaking at a hearing at the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Dec. 2 about voting irregularities, Hima Kolanagireddy testified that the state should tighten photo identification requirements for voters “because all Chinese people look alike,” Michigan Live reported. “A lot of people think Indians look alike. I think all Chinese people look alike. So, how would you tell? If some Chow show up, you can be anybody and you can vote,” she said.
As per her LinkedIn profile, Kolanagireddy is an IT specialist and CEO of ASCII Group in Farmington Hills. She is also a precinct delegate for the Michigan GOP and was a volunteer poll challenger at TCF Center in Detroit on Nov. 3.
Among the many witnesses produced by Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney for Donald Trump, Kolanagireddy gave an affidavit outlining her experiences to the Election Integrity group. A video of the Senate hearings posted on YouTube shows Kolanagireddy alleging that she had witnessed impossible numbers of ballots counted overnight, date changes, and fake signatures and that she never saw a single Trump ballot.
“From my skin color everyone assumes that I’m a Democrat, so they just kind of come to me and one of the ladies was saying let’s get these m-f’s out. And I’m like m-fs who? … When I pulled out my tag, she looked at me and said you’re on the wrong side,” she said.
During the five hour-long testimony on Dec. 2, Giuliani and the other witnesses “asserted oft-repeated, oft-debunked claims of voter fraud and election misconduct to the House Oversight Committee,” the MichiganLive report said. Urging lawmakers to “take back your power,” he said the results declaring President-elect Joe Biden winning the state’s popular vote was “complete falsehood.”
A day earlier, on Dec. 1, members of the Senate Oversight Committee spent seven hours hearing similar claims from Michigan Republicans, MichiganLive reported. Certified election results show Trump losing by more than 154,000 votes to President-elect Joe Biden in Michigan.
Kolanagireddy’s testimony video YouTube has 51,743 views on Dec. 3.
She caused an uproar on Twitter as well. “The witness thinks all Chinese look alike?,” one user wrote. “Wait till she tries to tell the difference between the Irish? All those freckles and what with the red hair no less! It’s a pickle I tells ya. Don’t get me started on the Welsh. (Needless to say I’m both Irish and Welsh.)”Another user wrote: “This is just racism of course but it also doesn’t make any sense. With no Voter ID, no one is asked to recognize anyone, most places aren’t Dixville Notch with 8 voters who know each other. And if you can’t tell Asians from each other, how would ID help?”
Meanwhile, Stephanie Chang, the first Asian American woman in the Michigan Senate who represents the 1st district, told MichiganLive that “it’s important to note anti-Asian comments can unfortunately come from within our own community and other people of color.” She continued: “One of the things that’s really concerning is this is a South Asian American Woman who’s making these comments,” Chang said. “Aside from being racist, her argument makes no sense at all. If you think everyone looks the same, how is a photo ID going to help you?”