George Takei said he's 'chilled' by Trump's use of phrase 'Chinese virus'
By: Cynthia Silva
Actor and activist George Takei responded to President Donald Trump's use last week of the phrase "Chinese virus."
The former "Star Trek" star appeared on MSNBC on Saturday to point out the implications of using such language.
"We are chilled by the constant use by the president and his administration of that term," Takei told MSNBC anchor David Gura. "We have a long history of anti-Asian hatred in this country."
Takei said use of such a term can have violent consequences for the Asian American community. He referred to an incident in early February in which a Chinese woman was attacked in a New York City subway station for wearing a mask. In the hate-based attack, a man was alleged to have called her "diseased."