(Liberty Bell) – Can you even believe that they’re still trying to push this line?
The left has been trying to claim for weeks, perhaps even months, that to call the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the “Wuhan virus” or the “Chinese virus” or a “foreign-born virus” is racist.
This is in spite of the fact that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, a foreign location which is not…here. The United States.
To call it the Wuhan/Chinese/foreign-born virus is not only not racist, it couldn’t be more accurate.
And yet the top dogs in the White House press pool just joined in on this outrageous smear, becoming the latest hack to accuse President Donald Trump of racism for using one of these terms, specifically, the “Chinese virus.”
ABC News’ White House reporter Cecilia Vega lashed out at the president during a Wednesday press briefing from the coronavirus task force for referring to the virus in this manner.
Vega, who aggressively questioned the president even interrupting him and trying to get his task force members to disavow his use of the term, did not directly say that he was a racist but did declare that “a lot of people say” it is racist to use this terminology.
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Trump replied by noting that the Chinese, these poor pitiful victims of racism, had falsely accused United States soldiers of giving the virus to China.
Previously, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway had been asked about the use of the term “Chinese virus”.
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Vega asked: “Why do you keep calling this the Chinese virus? There are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese-Americans in this country. Your own aide Secretary Azar (HHS) said he does not use this term. He says ethnicity does not cause the virus. Why do you keep using this? A lot of people say it’s racist.”
Trump replied: “Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
Vega, gesturing at members of the task force standing behind Trump, asked:
“Sir, you’ve got Chinese-American citizens in this country. You have aides behind you, are you comfortable with this term?”
Trump replied: “I have a great, I have great love for all of the people from our country. But, um, 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.”