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SA mayor defends city's 'anti-hate speech' resolution

The resolution says the use of terms such as "Chinese virus" or "Kung Fu virus" encourages hate crimes.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is defending the city's new resolution against coronavirus hate speech after US Senator Ted Cruz criticized it in on Twitter.

Thursday, the City Council passed a resolution that denounces anti-Asian bigotry and anti-Semitism The resolution says the use of terms such as "Chinese virus" or "Kung Fu virus" encourages hate crimes and spreads misinformation.

The resolution reads "Hate crimes against Asians and Jews are on the rise throughout the country as these groups are being blamed for the COVID-19 outbreak". It was passed unanimously by the council on Thursday afternoon.

Read the full resolution below:

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz criticized the City Council's resolution. He tweeted Thursday in part, "This is NUTS. S-A City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge, triggered by Chick-fil-A & the words 'Wuhan virus.'"

See the full tweet below:

KENS 5 asked Mayor Nirenberg about the senator's tweet at a new conference Thursday evening. 

"I will respectfully disagree with the assessment in that tweet. We know that in a crisis like this, we see the best in humanity, but we also see, thankfully in small doses here in San Antonio, the opposite of that," Mayor Nirenberg responded.

The mayor said he supports the resolution because he believes it is important to embrace the diversity of the San Antonio community.

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