Asian Americans are not at fault for virus
- Author: Ismael Montgomery Mar 26, 2020,
Mar 26, 2020, 0:19
"They are fantastic people, and the spreading of the Virus".
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on March 21 that he wished "China would have told us more about what was going on in China".
In this instance, though, the gambit served two additional purposes: distracting the public from Trump's catastrophic mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, and disguising the fact that Trump's failures stemmed from his selfishness and fondness for authoritarian leaders, which in turn made him an easy mark for the Chinese government's disinformation. Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly launching a communications plan across multiple federal agencies that focus on accusing China of orchestrating a cover-up and creating a global pandemic.
"He was from China", he said.
Trump's call to "protect" these Americans comes less than a week after he defended his use of the terms "China virus" and "Chinese virus" to describe Covid-19 - which originated in Wuhan, China. "They're working closely with us to get rid of it - we will prevail together". She says there's an ongoing effort by Asian American communities across the country to make sure that hate crimes are reported.
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At the same time, Trump and his administration have angrily rejected attempts by some Chinese officials to blame the virus on the USA military.
"It's not racist at all. No. It comes from China".
As coronavirus tensions continue around the world and certain world leaders fail to represent their countries appropriately in the wake of the crisis, it's high time to remind everyone that good practices like physical distancing and hand washing do not go hand-in-hand with blatant anti-Asian rhetoric.
However, for the first time on Monday, Trump seemed to reverse the course and did not use it when referring to the disease.
Since last week, Trump has been heavily criticized for continuing to use the phrase, China virus, despite officials in his own administration that have said this phrase isn't appropriate and some GOP lawmakers asking Trump to stop using the term. "I want to be accurate".