My friend (always there when I’ve needed him!), Senator @RandPaul, was just tested “positive” from the Chinese Virus. That is not good! He is strong and will get better. Just spoke to him and he was in good spirits.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
Gee, I wonder who could be inspiring that kind of racism?
Courtesy of NYT:
As the coronavirus upends American life, Chinese-Americans face a double threat. Not only are they grappling like everyone else with how to avoid the virus itself, they are also contending with growing racism in the form of verbal and physical attacks. Other Asian-Americans — with families from Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar and other places — are facing threats, too, lumped together with Chinese-Americans by a bigotry that does not know the difference.
In interviews over the past week, nearly two dozen Asian-Americans across the country said they were afraid — to go grocery shopping, to travel alone on subways or buses, to let their children go outside. Many described being yelled at in public — a sudden spasm of hate that is reminiscent of the kind faced by Muslim-Americans and other Arabs and South Asians after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
But unlike 2001, when President George W. Bush urged tolerance of Muslim-Americans, this time President Trump is using language that Asian-Americans say is inciting racist attacks.
Mr. Trump and his Republican allies are intent on calling the coronavirus “the Chinese virus,” rejecting the World Health Organization’s guidance against using geographic locations when naming illnesses, since past names have provoked a backlash.
Mr. Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he was calling the virus “Chinese” to combat a disinformation campaign by Beijing officials saying the American military was the source of the outbreak. He dismissed concerns that his language would lead to any harm.
“If they keep using these terms, the kids are going to pick it up,” said Tony Du, an epidemiologist in Howard County, Md., who fears for his son, Larry. “They are going to call my 8-year-old son a Chinese virus. It’s serious.”
This is not two elementary school kids yelling insults across the playground to each other, these are, unfortunately, the leaders of two foreign governments trying to blame each other for a crisis for which neither one wants to take responsibility.
I don’t care what the Chinese government does, that is on them, and does not reflect badly on our country.
However Donald Trump is once again making us look like immature babies and putting our citizens at risk.
At this point it simply does not matter where this virus originated, what matters is stopping its spread before it infects the entire country.
Xi Jinping may have blamed America for the start of the virus, but he has also taken extreme steps to contain the disease and now leads one of the very few countries where new cases have leveled off.
They are still rising incredibly fast in America, and we appear to be weeks away from any leveling off, and that is only if Trump stops acting like a little bitch.