Newsweek - Republican President Donald Trump seems to have deleted a tweet posted Monday evening at 5:54 pm E.T. which called COVID-19 “the Chinese virus” and inadvertently included the email address of New York Post writer Miranda Devine.
The tweets, with Devine’s email address removed, quoted something she wrote about Trump’s reemergence on Monday from his weekend hospitalization due to COVID-19.
“You see it in enthusiasm for the President outside Walter Reed Hospital. You see it in Registrations, from Florida to Pennsylvania & West Virginia, where Republicans are outstripping Democrats by 2 to 1,” the tweet began.
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Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 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 during late 2019.
“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.”