Trump’s racist references to the coronavirus are his latest effort to stoke xenophobia

  

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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  2 weeks ago  •  7 comments

By:   By Li Zhou

Trump’s racist references to the coronavirus are his latest effort to stoke xenophobia

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Trump’s racist references to the coronavirus are his latest effort to stoke xenophobia

The president’s rhetoric is seen as fueling a surge in harassment toward Asian Americans.

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Supporters of US President Donald Trump react as he concludes speaking at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Win McNamee/Getty Images

In a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this past weekend, President Donald Trump used the term “kung flu” to describe the   coronavirus , one of several racist statements he made during a wide-ranging speech that touched on his administration’s handling of the pandemic.

“By the way, it’s a disease, without question, [that] has more names than any disease in history,” Trump said at the time. “I can name kung flu, I can name 19 different versions of names.”

Since then, Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has gone on to defend his use of the term. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been noncommittal: When asked how he and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, felt about Trump’s remarks, McConnell declined to say whether he was comfortable with the president’s rhetoric, instead suggesting that the question should be directed to Chao, who immigrated from Taiwan to the US as a child.

McEnany’s defense of Trump is the same flimsy one he’s been using ever since he began calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus:” She argued that such names simply associate the illness with its “place of origin,” an effort that even if conducted in good faith goes against World Health Organization guidelines that warn against promoting labels that could stigmatize an entire region.

“The president does not believe it’s offensive to note that the virus came from China,” McEnany said during a briefing on Monday.

Trump’s use of the “Chinese virus” or “kung flu” is, of course, not in good faith and very much about tapping into the same racism and xenophobia he’s long amplified in myriad comments he’s made about people of color.   As the Washington Post’s Jose Del Real reported , Trump made several other racist statements during his Tulsa remarks: In his speech, he described racial justice protesters as “thugs” and used a scenario involving a “tough hombre” to illustrate the threat of defunding police.

These statements, as well as references to   Mexican immigrants as “rapists”   and   multiple African nations as “shithole countries,”   are among the racist comments he’s used in campaign rallies and presidential remarks over the past four-plus years.

As the country reckons with systemic racism and police brutality, Trump appears as eager as ever to stoke racial divisions, using rhetoric that both contradicts   his March claims   of wanting to “protect” Asian Americans and directly contributes to hate incidents against members of this group.

Trump is still using racist terms to describe the coronavirus as Asian Americans continue to report hate incidents


Trump’s decision to lean into racist rhetoric —   including terminology his own adviser, Kellyanne Conway,   has condemned in the past — comes as Asian Americans continue to report hate incidents such as verbal abuse, physical assault, and property damage during the pandemic. As the coronavirus spread around the world, tropes that treat Asians as perpetual foreigners have also resurfaced, fueling racist and hostile anti-Asian sentiment.

Stop AAPI Hate , an organization that’s been tracking self-reported hostile anti-Asian incidents since late March, says it’s received more than 2,100 reports since the project began. Such incidents have included instances of employees getting shunned in the workplace, families being spat on at fast food restaurants, and children getting beaten up by their classmates. The group says it saw a surge in reports after Trump began using rhetoric like the “Chinese virus” and noted that many   “anti-China” comments   were frequently associated with verbal and physical assaults.

“A White male walked by me and said, ‘you f—king Chinese spread the Coronavirus to this country, you should all leave this country!’” one incident report read.

“A woman sitting at a bus stop was screaming at myself and other Asians that she saw walking,” read another. “She said that we were ‘dirty Chinese,’ that we were trying to take over the US.”

Researchers, too, emphasize that Trump’s rhetoric has mattered in the past:   An NBC News report by Kimmy Yam points to a February study,   which determined that Trump’s racist comments against Latino Americans “emboldened” others who held similar views to express them.

Trump’s continued use of racist statements about the coronavirus — ultimately trying to deflect blame by pointing out it is foreign-born — comes as he struggles to deal with the fallout of his own handling of the pandemic: Most recently he came under fire for saying he   intends to slow down coronavirus testing   because doing so would reveal the presence of fewer cases.

“President Trump continues to utilize white supremacist and nationalist views as a means of scapegoating his failures for political gain,” said Manjusha Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, in a statement. “Unless we hold him accountable, the discrimination and harassment against Asian Americans will become deeply entrenched, cause unimaginable harm and suffering, and take decades to unwind.”


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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

When he moved the embassy to Jerusalem, I appreciated what he did.  When he bullied Trudeau into giving up some Canadian advantages in NAFTA, which devalued somewhat the value of my monthly Canadian pension, I didn't appreciate it.  When he started a trade war with China that raised the cost of some things I need, I was upset with him, but when he started making racist remarks like "China virus", "Wuhan virus", "Kung flu", and pointed fingers at and blamed China to deflect from his own incompetent handling of the virus, causing harassment of Chinese Americans, and his racism has also been picked up by other countries making Chinese people targets, he lost me entirely, and I hate his guts.  Toronto's population is 10% Chinese, I took a course in Tai Jie and practised it with a group of Chinese elders on Sunday mornings in a park near my home.  They treated me with the respect and kindness that I have experienced throughout my years living in China, and I am married to a Chinese woman whose family treats me as one of their own.  Trump can go to hell.  DUMP TRUMP

 
 
 
Ronin2
2  Ronin2    2 weeks ago
When he moved the embassy to Jerusalem, I appreciated what he did.

He destabilized an already bad situation; but at least we know a deal is finally dead. The world can watch it play out in slowly. The end is already know.

When he bullied Trudeau into giving up some Canadian advantages in NAFTA, which devalued somewhat the value of my monthly Canadian pension, I didn't appreciate it. 

Sorry, the US is not a dumping ground for other countries' products. Don't expect the US to protect NATO countries, and then get dumped on economically.

When he started a trade war with China that raised the cost of some things I need, I was upset with him,

China is not our ally, period. The one sided trade agreement that benefited only them had to go. Sorry if cause you some discomfort. Again the US is not a dumping ground for other countries' cheap shit.

but when he started making racist remarks like "China virus", "Wuhan virus", "Kung flu", and pointed fingers at and blamed China to deflect from his own incompetent handling of the virus,

So telling the truth is a bad thing now? China lied about the severity of the virus. China didn't take proper precautions to stop the spread of the virus outside of their country. China put a freeze on shipment of vital medical supplies to customers in the US in order to combat the virus in their own country. The Chinese government doesn't give a fuck about the rest of the world. 

causing harassment of Chinese Americans, and his racism has also been picked up by other countries making Chinese people targets, he lost me entirely, and I hate his guts. 

The Chinese government didn't just fuck over the US, they fucked over the whole world. Covid 19 is a pandemic thanks to their lying and complete and utter failure to consider other countries' safety. Sorry if you don't like the fact that the Chinese government will be held responsible. If that causes pain for the Chinese people; then maybe they will finally get off their collective asses and do something about their government that is causing them pain.   

Toronto's population is 10% Chinese, I took a course in Tai Jie and practised it with a group of Chinese elders on Sunday mornings in a park near my home.  They treated me with the respect and kindness that I have experienced throughout my years living in China, and I am married to a Chinese woman whose family treats me as one of their own.

That is nice; but you suffer from the fact that the Chinese government needs to be held responsible. Manufacturing of critical supplies needs to be moved back to the US. There should be no next time for the Chinese to cut us off when a pandemic strikes; and there will definitely be a next time. No one is blaming the Chinese people; but they will suffer with the loss of jobs and income.

Yes, there are racists in the US. Guess what there are racists in every country, and that includes China! Don't even try to claim otherwise, or I will take the time to dig up articles on Chinese government reeducation camps, and all of the religions and non Chinese nationals they harass. Thing is in the US racists are individual, they don't get government approval or backing. No matter how the "free" media in the US tries to spin it.  

Trump can go to hell. DUMP TRUMP

Good thing you don't get a vote. As for those of us that do we are left with two disgusting choices again. Trump or Joe Biden. Easy to tell why you don't want Trump, he will hurt your wallet. Biden will Kowtow to the Chinese government in order to get the US economy going again. No sanctions; no trade war; no new trade deal; no US companies moving key manufacturing back to the US; and no holding the Chinese government responsible. Biden will break out his knee pads and go to work. So forgive those of us that are sick of the Democrats in this country. That are tired of Democrat mayors and governors appeasing their rabid hard left lunatics as the riot, loot, commit arson, and even kill. That think no Democrat deserves to hold any position in government.

The Republicans suck; and the Democrats are worse! 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ronin2 @2    2 weeks ago

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Buzz of the Orient
2.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ronin2 @2    2 weeks ago

My story was to explain why I went from tolerating Trump to despising him.  What's your story?  Notwithstanding your rant and your pointing fingers and blaming, you don't seem particularly happy with either choice - so what are you going to do?  Abdicate?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

We should have a contest to guess whose lives Trump will endanger next. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

I have a feeling that I had better lock this seed for my overnight.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

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