Newsweek - In a CNN interview on Tuesday evening, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to the COVID-19 coronavirus as the “Trump virus”, laying the blame for rising infection rates on the “inaction” of Republican President Donald Trump.
Pelosi’s comment came immediately after Trump held his first daily coronavirus briefing in nearly three months. . .
Trump has variously referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus”, the “China virus” and “kung flu” in attempts to emphasize the virus’s point of origin in Wuhan, China.
“Of course he called it ‘Chinese Virus’,” the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund wrote in a March 16 tweet about Trump’s language. “Because he doesn’t care that Asians and Asian Americans are subjected to hate violence because of this racist description of #coronavirus.”