2020-03-19 16:21:14

Trump Continues Calling the Coronavirus “Chinese” Despite Reports of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

“I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus. I will be invoking the Defense Production Act just in case we need it.”

That was the opening line of President Trump’s news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Later in the news conference, Trump was questioned by ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega on continuously referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.”

A member of the administration also reportedly referred to the coronavirus as the “kung-flu.”

Meanwhile, racist incidents and threats of hate crimes against Asian Americans have emerged across the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Democracy Now! gets a response from Elizabeth OuYang, the former president of OCA-New York, a civil rights organization where she advocated for victims of hate crimes and fair media representation of Asian Americans.

She is a civil rights attorney and community advocate who teaches at Columbia and New York University.

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