Rafu Shimpo: President Trump’s criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) over her recent visit to San Francisco Chinatown has angered Asian American leaders already dealing with anti-Asian hate crimes connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pelosi’s visit to Chinatown came three weeks before shelter-in-place restrictions were implemented in the Bay Area. Chinatown was suffering a drop in visitors because many people associated it with the virus, and Pelosi — accompanied by community leaders and local news crews — went there to help drum up business.
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The New York-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund tweeted, “First, he said ‘Chinese virus’ and ignored the rise in hate violence against Asian Americans. Now th is. Was there a COVID-19 outbreak in any Chinatown? Does he know the difference between Chinatowns, which are in major U.S. cities, and China?”…