A Fox News Channel personality has offered an apology after getting backlash over a term he used on-air. TVNewser reports that Bob Beckel, a co-host on “The Five,” apologized on the show for his use last week of the word “Chinamen."
In a broadcast Thursday, Beckel criticized the Chinese as “the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S,” and then used the word “Chinamen,” a term that is considered a racial slur, Politico reports.
"As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen — er, Chinese people — how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us," he said.
His comments drew rebukes from California Rep. Mike Honda and California State Senator Ted Lieu, with Honda calling the remarks “racist and xenophobic.”
In his apology, TVNewser reports, Beckel said: “I made some comments last week about the Chinese people which apparently upset some people, for which I apologize.”
Beckel added: “However … I do not apologize for the things I’ve said about China — and I won’t go into the litany of it now because there are too many China apologists in this country — but I will continue to warn the American people about how dangerous China is to the U.S. security and to our business community. But to those who were offended, I apologize. I do not apologize to the Chinese government, or for their habits, or for their murders, or for anything else.”