Americans are uniting like never before in order to limit the strain of the healthcare system, engaging in social distancing to help lower the potential harm brought about by the spread of coronavirus in the country.
But while the American people are doing so, President Donald Trump appears to be more concerned with shifting the blame for the virus, using racist language while doing so — a choice that “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah blasted on Wednesday in a video message to fans.
Trump has tweeted several times over the past few days about COVID-19, not using its real name in his postings, however, but calling it the “Chinese Virus,” leading some to question the president’s use of the term.
When asked by reporters whether reactions to the words as being racist were fair, Trump denied seeing anything wrong with what he said. “It’s not racist at all. It comes from China, that’s why” it’s okay to say, Trump said, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
Those sentiments, however, go against CDC guidelines for how to discuss coronavirus:
“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.”
Noah responded to Trump’s comments from a “couch” edition of “The Daily Show” that aired Wednesday evening.
“You know, Trump is the only person who could hold a press conference about a pandemic, and then turn it into a fight about racism,” Noah observed. “Who does that?”
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Imitating Trump, Noah implied the president might come out soon and say “Kung-Flu is a term of respect! Ask any Asian.”
The words “Kung-Flu” were actually used by a White House staffer, said to an Asian American reporter’s face during a press event earlier this week.
Noah implored Trump to do better. “Focus! This is where you need ‘presidential,'” he said.
The host added that he wished former President Barack Obama could come back — not necessarily to be president again, as the Constitution wouldn’t allow that, but perhaps even just to speak on behalf of Trump.
“I’m just saying they should hire Obama to handle press briefings,” Noah added.
Watch Noah’s comments from the episode below:
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