Woman Accused Of Anti-Asian Rant Identified As Daughter Of NY Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan


The daughter of the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan has been accused of telling an Asian American couple to “return to China” throughout a bigoted rant in Manhattan final weekend.

Maura Moynihan admitted to WABC-7 Information that she was the particular person seen in a viral video arguing with 31-year-old Dan Lee close to Stuytown on Sunday.

Lee mentioned that Moynihan had instructed his spouse — 25-year-old Maria Ha — that she wasn’t from right here and will “return to communist China,” inflicting her to concern for her security amid a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes.

After he confronted Moynihan from outdoors her cab, she might be heard saying: “Nicely, isn’t that the place you’re from?” She then accuses Lee of “assaulting” her, earlier than providing to pay the cab driver double to go away the scene.

The video prompted hypothesis on social media that the lady was the 63-year-old daughter of the famed New York Senator. She is a self-described artist and journalist who beforehand labored as a guide to the Rubin Museum, and helped advocate for Moynihan Station, the long-planned transit hub named for her father.

In an announcement to WABC, Moynihan mentioned the altercation stemmed from a dispute a couple of cab that had “nothing in anyway to do with any bias or racism or anti-Asian American prejudice, as has been wrongly advised.”

“I’ve devoted most of my life to working with and for Asian folks, most significantly in the reason for securing fundamental human rights for the Tibetan folks of their persevering with wrestle in opposition to Communist China,” she added.

Her activism features a latest look on former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s podcast, and articles within the far-right publication Epoch Occasions.

A spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed they’d obtained a grievance in regards to the incident, and that an investigation stays ongoing by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Activity Drive.

Inquiries to a quantity listed for Moynihan weren’t returned.