An Open Letter On Anti-Asian Racism & Christian Nationalism

Former Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ)

Sen. McSally, recently unseated by Mark Kelly, is a self-identified Protestant; her current church membership is not publicly available. She has talked repeatedly about her Christian faith on the campaign trail. Sen. McSally stated on April 10, 2020, “[China has] been lying to their own people and they’ve been lying to the world about this pandemic that started, allegedly, with their disgusting and inhumane and deadly practices in these wet markets, where they have live and dead animals gutted and it’s just disgusting, their practices.” In this statement, Sen. McSally conflates government officials and participants in “wet markets” (perhaps confusing the latter with "wildlife markets"), treating politicians, vendors, and market customers as a monolithically "disgusting" group. On July 20, 2020, Sen. McSally introduced the “Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act" (see Senator Marsha Blackburn). Throughout the pandemic, Sen. McSally has accused China of "unleashing" COVID-19 on the world.

As of 2019, Arizona’s population included 241,721 Asians. Between March 19 and August 5, 2020, 33 hate crime incidents in Arizona were reported to Stop AAPI Hate (8).

For more analysis of Sen. McSally and her ties to Pastor Mark Driscoll's Trinity Church, written subsequent to this letter's publication, see Updates.