Donald Trump insisted that calling the coronavirus the ‘kung flu’ was not wrong a press conference Wednesday.
The comment came after a reporter asked Trump about a White House staffer who reportedly used the term then asked Trump about his use of the term ‘China virus.’
‘I wonder who said that (kung flu)…I think they probably would agree with it 100%. It comes from China,’ Trump said.
And just moments earlier, the president insisted that calling the coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’ was racist ‘at all.’
When asked about whether he considers his terminology offensive, Trump responded : ‘It’s not racist at all. It comes from China. It’s accurate.’
‘…As you know, China tried to say, at one point, that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen, it’s not gonna happen as long as I’m president. It comes from China.’
Wednesday’s comment was the second time in two days Trump defended his use of the phrase ‘China virus,’ which some fear may cause animosity and instances of racism against Asian Americans.
This racial tension has been mounting in the US as the pandemic worsens. In New York, a man assaulted a woman wearing a face mask and called her a ‘diseased bitch,’ according to CNN. Another man was filmed spraying a man down with Febreeze on a train.
A witness later said, ‘I believe that this incident has immense potential in opening up the discussion of Asian American-directed racial tension that has been caused by the (coronavirus).’
In Los Angeles, a reportedly loudly began screaming that Chinese people are filthy and ‘every disease ever came from China.’
Two Hmong travelers faced intense scrutiny when they tried to rent a motel room in Plymouth, Indiana by an employee who told them ‘If you’re from China, I need to know…And anyone from China, I am told, has to be picked up and quarantined for two weeks.’
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