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Trump called Covid-19 a Chinese Virus, Twitter calls him a ‘racist’

The US President faced backlash after making an insensitive comment about the deadly outbreak


As coronavirus continues to spread across the world affecting millions of lives, President of the United States, Donald Trump is fighting back, but perhaps not the way you expected. He drew backlash on Tuesday morning after posting a tweet using the phrase “Chinese Virus.”

He wrote “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” on Twitter hours after addressing the people in which he said the country maybe headed toward recession and urged people for social distancing.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1239685852093169664

Twitter was not kind to the US President as they called him  a ‘racist’ for his remark of Chinese virus for the coronavirus. Here are some of not-so-kind reactions from the Netizens.

https://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/1239687365448302594

https://twitter.com/killer621/status/1239742673692626944

Read more: Coronavirus Racism – Why do we need to rise above hate

The coronavirus is believed to have originated from the seafood market in Wuhan in China. But it has travelled to the world, well beyond the China. Covid-19 is referred as ‘Wuhan coronavirus’ for identification sometimes.  It has claimed more than 5000 lives so far.

Even though a virus originates from a country, it doesn’t have nationalities. A place of origin is only for identification, but not for racist comments, especially when it has a scientific name.

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