Trump’s HHS Spokesperson Posted Racist Comments About Chinese People, Then Deleted It – But Twitter Is Forever
Ever since the origins of the coronavirus outbreak have been linked to China, Asian-Americans have experienced an uptick in hate crimes and discrimination. That is no surprise, considering that racism is coming straight from the top.
President Donald Trump himself has insisted upon calling the virus the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus,” instead of COVID-19 or the coronavirus. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned against attaching the virus to a race of people.
That has not stopped top GOP brass from going full racist with it, though. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) defended Trump’s naming of the virus by saying it is a culture where “people eat bats,” promoting the debunked theory that someone ate a live bat and that is how the virus got to the human population. Here is video of that exchange with a reporter:
Sen. John Cornyn: "China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats & snakes & dogs & things like that, these viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the Swine Flu." pic.twitter.com/N4TIlGFqAL
— The Hill (@thehill) March 18, 2020
Now, Trump’s newest Department of Homeland Security Spokesperson, Michael Caputo, can be added to the list of Republicans making racist comments about Chinese people when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. CNN’s K-File discovered deleted tweets in the Wayback Machine that look quite unfavorable for Mr. Caputo indeed. The tweets included such comments as:
“Millions of Chinese suck the blood out of rabid bats as an appetizer and eat the ass out of anteaters.”
After the tweets became public, Caputo’s only comment on the matter was that he would now tweet officially from an account separate from his personal one, in which he posted the now-deleted offensive material.
I’ll be tweeting in my official capacity at @SpoxHHS. Follow me there.
— Michael R. Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo) April 23, 2020
There was also no comment from the Department of Homeland Security.