President Trump lost California by nearly 30 percentage points to Joe Biden last fall. But not only did four Republicans win their congressional districts in California, they also turned their territories red. Among them, Representative Yong Kim, one of the first Korean American women elected to the House of Representatives. She is a Korean immigrant, mother of four and one of The Next: 21 show on Yahoo Finance for viewing in 2021.
“I think I’m the future of the Republican Party,” she told Yahoo Finance. “I want to be able to use my own logic and be able to stand up for what I think is the right thing to do.”
Kim still says she believes Trump was a “great president” and credits him for “helping our economy,” but has also shown a willingness to break ranks with Republicans, including in her vote to remove Representative Marjorie Taylor Green from her committee duties.
“I am my own person.” She said, “I am always working on my own record. “President Trump is very unique, to say the least; he is very stubborn. They have supported his policies, but not necessarily his rhetoric, his position, or the way in which he directs his remarks.”
Kim is especially strong in berating Trump for his inflammatory rhetoric on COVID-19 and Asians. “When I called him ‘Kong Flu’, I said enough. Leaders’ words have consequences. The leader must be very sensitive about what they are saying. This comment was very insensitive and I called him. And I wanted to make sure, you know, that we love to immigrants, we love diversity. The cause of this epidemic was not any race or group of people. I wanted to make sure my community knows that I am with them, I understand it. And that message had to be sent. ”
As Trump continues to try to assert her control over the Republican Party, Kim is taking a more temperate and soulful approach that helped him win her seat, gaining a following on both sides of the political spectrum. She is one of the more moderate Republicans of this youth class and one of the few who joined the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group in the United States House of Representatives with 50 members, divided equally between Democrats and Republicans. .
“I’m very focused on finding common ground,” Kim said. “When I first applied in 2018, I was introduced to the Problem Solving Conference. Then I learned about the work they were doing and how the problem-solving group was able to negotiate the bipartisan relief efforts in December of last year. That’s exactly what I went to Washington. DC to do it. I came to Washington to do things in a bipartisan way. So I kept my promise by putting my feet on the ground with like-minded members on both sides of the aisle. ”
Kim is looking for areas of agreement in Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan. She sees consensus on the $ 160 billion proposals for vaccine development and deployment.
We don’t agree on everything 100% of the time. Remember what President Ronald Reagan said: You don’t have to agree on everything. But if you’ve gotten along with someone at least 80% of the time, that’s a very good thing. We can do many things. – And I learned from the beginning, if you don’t care who gets the credit, you can achieve many things. “