Newsweek - President Donald Trump is facing widespread condemnation after referring to coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus” immediately after calling on Americans to “band together” in the face of the pandemic.
Echoing the words of right-wing commentators who have been adamant on labeling COVID-19 based on where the virus originated, in Wuhan, China, Trump said in a tweet on Monday that his administration would be “powerfully supporting” industries that are “particularly affected by the Chinese Virus.”
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“Of course he called it ‘Chinese Virus’” the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund said in a tweet. “Because he doesn’t care that Asians and Asian Americans are subjected to hate violence because of this racist description of #coronavirus.”