President Donald Trump, in at least three separate tweets Wednesday morning, referred to coronavirus, or COVID-19, in a derogatory and racist way — and a member of Congress reminded him that the CDC itself is against using such discriminatory language.
Trump wrote on Wednesday that financial help for those who were affected by the virus’ spread would be on its way…using the wording of “Chinese Virus” in lieu of the actual name for the disease.
“For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies…money will soon be coming to you. The onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault,” Trump wrote.
In another tweet, he announced a news conference would occur later in the day, again using the inappropriate wording.
“I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus!” he wrote.
Finally, Trump made an audacious and errant claim that he “always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning.”
In fact, analysis of his words and actions about coronavirus detail how that was not the case — that Trump minimized its eventual impact on American society, and derided critics who said otherwise of being political.
Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, a Democrat, quoted one of the tweets from above by Trump, using language authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that warned against using racist language in describing coronavirus.
From the CDC:
“Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, towards Chinese or other Asian Americans… Stigma is discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads.” https://t.co/lFfkDCTxeK
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) March 18, 2020
“Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, towards Chinese or other Asian Americans… Stigma is discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads.”
Beyer himself, along with his wife, is self-quaranteeing after they both came into contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19. Trump refused to do so after coming into contact with a number of individuals who either the disease themselves or came into direct contact with others who had, though he eventually tested negative for coronavirus.
Racist dialogue against Asians in wake of coronavirus seems to be rampant in the White House. As previously reported, a staffer for the president used the term “Kung-Flu” to describe the disease to the face of Asian American reporter Weija Jiang, prompting her to question on social media what the White House staff might be saying behind her back.
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