President Trump and The "Chinese Virus"

President Trump is getting some heat from netizens who feel that his frequent term used, the “Chinese Virus”, instead of Corona Virus, is racist. Some claiming, this subtly condones racism towards Asians leaving a lot of them fearful and at risk of xenophobic actions. In a recent press conference held last March 18, 2020, President Trump was asked by one reporter as to why he kept calling it such. He defended himself saying the virus comes from China, it’s not racist and wants to be accurate. He then further stated he has “Great love for all of the people from our country but as you know, China tried to say at one point, maybe they stopped now, that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen, it’s not gonna happen, not as long as I’m President. It comes from China.”

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He has also referred to the “Chinese Virus” several times on his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump

Now, there have been multiple videos and stories that have surfaced on social media showing cased of racism towards Asians. But we’ll save that for another time.

During the latter part of the presscon, another reporter brought up the issue about a White House official referring to the Corona Virus as the “Kung-Flu”. With which he dismissed saying Asian-Americans would agree that it comes from China.

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Weijia Jiang, CBS News White House Correspondent, was on the receiving end of the “Kung-Flu” comment.

Now, shifting to the other side of the fence and going back to what President Trump said about China putting the blame on America. Lijian Zhao, Spokesperson & Deputy Director General, Information Department and Foreign Ministry of China, did, in fact, tweet some conspiracy theories a few days before saying “It might be the US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”.

You be the judge. All I can say is we need to put aside all our differences, be professional and just work together to get through this pandemic.

Kent Golangco

Kent Golangco was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to Las Vegas in 2016. Graduated from DLS-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing Management. Kent has never limited himself by taking up different types of jobs - from banking to operations to compliance and teaching. Believe it or not, he was also into modeling, hosting and a radio personality. He absolutely loves basketball and once in his life, dreamed of being a professional basketball player.