He doesn’t mention the big lawsuit that’s knocking on the door of the Supreme Court, Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College. This is an effort to overrule the case that permits race to be taken into account in admissions decisions, and it is premised on the problem of discrimination against applicants with Asian ancestry.
The “Asian hate crime” narrative is out there because the Democrats have noticed that affirmative action is hurting them. They’re hoping that a few cheap words will let them paint Republicans as anti-Asian haters so that they won’t have to actually do anything to help Asian-Americans, especially since Biden’s administration has already undercut Asian race discrimination lawsuits.
Also, I suspect that the Biden Administration — which is quite obviously in bed with China — is trying to create a climate of opinion in which even raising concerns about China, and hence their supine posture regarding China, is considered racist. This echoes the existing propaganda line of the Chinese Communist Party, of course.