Politicians Call Trump Racist for Using the Term “Chinese Virus”
Politicians have been bashing President Donald Trump over his use of the term “Chinese virus.”
In a speech on Thursday, Sen. Tim Kane addressed the senate saying that Trump should “quit the inflammatory China-bashing.” During his statement, Kane went on to admit that the virus had indeed originated from China. However, he pointed out that it was not an excuse for an American president to use the term, claiming that Trump will only continue to spread “lies and misinformation.”
The senator then compared Trump among other world leaders, as well as their sweeping efforts to make sure that their citizens were safe. He also went on to say that it is not an excuse for the country to come unprepared in terms of testing, even if it was a foreign virus. Kane accused Trump and his staff of using the term as a way to deflect and put the blame on communist China. Finally, he concluded that by using such terms, the president is only putting Asian-American communities to “prejudice.”
Moreover, ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega also described Trump as “racist” and challenged his rhetoric at a press conference last Tuesday.
Even the far-off London mayor Sadiq Khan went on to give his two cents about the issue. In a question during the London Assembly, the mayor noted that Trump’s use of the term “Chinese virus” has become “disgraceful.”
Khan claimed that it is a global virus. “Covid-19 is Covid-19,” he insisted. The mayor added that by using the term, Trump is only inciting hatred towards people of Asian origin.
Most of the remarks came after photographer Jabin Brady published a photo in which the president used a sharpie to cross the word “coronavirus” to “Chinese virus,” before a White House press briefing.
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A close up of President Donald J. Trump's notes are seen where the word "Corona" was replaced with "Chinese" Virus as he speaks with his coronavirus task force in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during a briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Despite the number of accusations, the president remained firm that he does not have any intention to cite hatred or prejudice. “It’s not racist at all no, it comes from China, that’s why I want to be accurate,” Trump said.
It is also the same as with the origins of other known diseases such as Legggionaire disease, which was named after the American Legion, who held their annual convention at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. Then, there was also the Norovirus, which originated in 1968 at the Bronson Elementary School in Norwalk, Ohio.
Even left-winged media CNN had also used the terms “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus” to call the COVID-19 pandemic. In an article, the media outlet described the disease as “The Wuhan coronavirus,” yet the media outlet was never even called out for doing so.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected more than 200 people since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December. Scientist Leo Poon, who first decoded the virus, thinks it likely started in an animal and spread to humans. https://t.co/mnZKFC5ZDW— CNN (@CNN) January 21, 2020