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.
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.
Donald Trump: coronavirus is a Chinese Virus
Everyone: Donald Trump is an American Virus
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 17, 2020
If racist Trump insists on calling COVID19 ”the Chinese virus” we should immediately and forever rename neurosyphilis “Donald Trump virus”
he loves slapping his name on things, finally there would be one that actually fits
— Howard ✡ (@HowardA_Esq) March 17, 2020
Donald Trump has always been a racist. Him calling coronavirus a “Chinese virus” is just more clear proof he’s a racist. Republicans should remove him, he’s an American virus. And he’s making everyone sick, in general.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 17, 2020
There it is. I’ve been deathly afraid of this exact moment where Trump turns to racism and xenophobia and calls COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus.” We are in deep trouble as a nation now that President of the United States makes the conscious decision to go down this dark path of hate.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 16, 2020
Chinese virus? You are indeed a racist, proved time and again.
— Chen Weihua （陈卫华） (@chenweihua) March 16, 2020
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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