President Trump ignited accusations of racism after he referred to COVID-19 as the "Chinese Virus" in a tweet on Monday. Trump's tweet stated how the United States "will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus."
The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
Reporters and Democrats on Twitter rushed to say Trump was either being racist or xenophobic for reminding people the virus starting out in Wuhan, China and spread across the globe because of the authoritarian government's incompetent response, attempts to hide the outbreak, and its silencing of whistleblowers who tried to raise the alarm over the disease.
Pres Trump changed his entire tone during today's WH briefing on coronavirus. He was somber. He said U.S. & world had no control over it. He said U.S. might see a recession.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 16, 2020
Now, just 4 hrs later, he is back to leaning on cultural wars & calling coronavirus the "Chinese virus." https://t.co/LIvosx1oyH
It's just unacceptable. No matter what the crisis or challenge, this President manages to find the opportunity to promote xenophobia and racism. https://t.co/m0TSw5mSTX— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) March 17, 2020
This is racist, full stop.— Dr. Arati Kreibich (@Arati4Congress) March 16, 2020
You can't rename COVID-19 to distract from your own administration's too-little, too-late response. https://t.co/a0Mdy85AxM
There's already been a rise in racist and xenophobia attacks related to the coronavirus outbreak.— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 16, 2020
Here's the president calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus," something the CDC has asked people not to do. https://t.co/lrwWUfDINz
Nice racist dog whistle there, POTUS.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) March 16, 2020
Asian American Trump supporters, after he's done throwing you under the bus, please feel free to come over to the side that will vote this awful human being out of office. https://t.co/rGOIkao6zw
Even the state media in China came out to deflect blame by posting an infographic with a subtle jab towards Trump.
Racism is not the right tool to cover your own incompetence pic.twitter.com/LmGDyPsULt— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 17, 2020
As Townhall previously reported, the media had long described the new disease as the "Wuhan virus/coronavirus" prior to it being officially named COVID-19 in early February. The media also had described COVID-19 as the "Chinese" virus multiple times in their coverage.
Liberal media pundits want you to think referring to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus is racist.— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) March 12, 2020
Here's just a few of the times the liberal media did just that. pic.twitter.com/ss3kV5smSP
The Chinese government are making attempts to spread conspiracy theories as to how the virus did not originate in China, but rather the United States to try and shift blame in the global pandemic.