In March, 2020, White House goon Kellyanne Conway was asked about White House staffers using the term “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus. Kellyanne reacted harshly.
Kellyanne responded to the reporters’ questions by saying, “Of course it’s wrong. That’s highly offensive, so you should tell us all who it is.” Reporters did not have to tell her who it was because that person revealed himself.
After Donald Trump started publicly using the term “kung flu,” Kellyanne said, “My reaction is that the president has made very clear he wants everybody to understand, and I think many Americans do understand, that the virus originated in China.” What happened to “highly offensive?” And yes, we understand perfectly well whom he was blaming.
When it was pointed out there is no place called “Kung Flu,” Kellyanne shot back “Excuse me, how do you know the way people, how do you know that people aren’t anticipating that or not connecting that? You don’t know that. While the president is saying it, he’s also saying this virus came from China. China is responsible.” Was she saying people will “anticipate” or “connect” that to China because they’re racist?
And then, lovely Kellyanne went from calling the racist term “highly offensive,” to saying it was OK when Trump added other racist terms to the list. She said, “He said it’s called many different things, it’s called the Wuhan virus, the Chinese virus, and then he used another term.”
Donald Trump is a fear-monger. The one thing better than accepting responsibility or doing a difficult task is to cast blame. For Donald Trump, it’s better casting blame in a racist manner. Was it racist to use “kung flu,” “Wuhan virus,” or “China virus”? Yes.
Racists for Trump will argue those terms are not racist since the virus came from China. But those are not the names for the virus. “Coronavirus” and “Covid-19” are the accepted names for the virus. Those are the names that doctors and scientists use. Though Kellyanne believed this coronavirus was the 19th version, not realizing it was named for the year it originated.
Since Donald Trump failed at containing and combating the virus, spread fears and lies over, and even admitted to downplaying it while hundreds of thousands died, it’s perfectly acceptable to call the coronavirus the “Trump Virus.”
After Trump occupied the White House in 2017, hate crimes increased in this nation. The Washington Post reported that in 2016, counties where Trump held his 275 hate rallies saw an increase in hate crimes by 226%.
Donald Trump was the racists’ president. HIs first campaign promise was to build a racist wall on the border with Mexico, whom he accused of sending us “rapists and murderers.” He was endorsed by the likes of Grand Wizard David Duke and Nazi Richard Spencer. While most newspapers refused to endorse Trump, he did score an endorsement from The Daily Stormer, the official newspaper of Nazis. Klansmen wanted to throw parades for him. People in Trump hotel ballrooms were sieg heiling. His campaign was managed by racist and Breitbart goon Steve Bannon (who he later pardoned). He added Bannon to his staff as well as racist Stephen Miller, whom he allowed to write racist immigration policies. He defended tiki-torch Nazis in Charlottesville, even after they murdered a civil rights activist. He said “Send them back” about American congresswomen who are non-white. He gave shout-outs to the racist group Proud Boys. He retweeted Nazis. He pardoned racists Roger Stone, Joe Arpaio, and Dinesh D’Souza. He spread the racist lie that the 2020 election was stolen because of voter fraud by non-white voters. He coordinated and instigated a racist insurrection against the United States Congress in a bloody coup attempt. And the bad thing here is, I know I left some of Trump’s racist shit out of this list.
Stop AAPI Hate is a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S and they claim hate crimes have risen since the coronavirus landed in the United States. The group claims there have been nearly 3,800 instances of discrimination against Asians in the past year.
The rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area that left eight dead may not be connected to racism generated from the coronavirus. The only motive that’s been suggested so far is the shooter was motivated to eliminate the temptation of his sexual addiction…or something like that. What is known is the man was targeting Asians at massage parlors and he was attempting to take his rampage further south to Florida, where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft prefers to get his Asian massages…along with a “rub and tug.” Don’t Google that.
Six of the eight victims were female Asians. The shooter was a white guy. Police don’t know if they can classify this as a hate crime, but the guy targeted multiple establishments of Asians. The white killer was going after Asians.
We may not be able to blame Donald Trump for this man’s “temptation” to kill Asians. But we can blame Donald Trump for the rise in all hate crimes, especially for those against Asians.
Donald Trump spent months blaming China for the coronavirus. He didn’t just give the OK to his racist supporters to blame China, he used racist terms which validated their hate. Their excuse is that it can’t be racist if the president (sic) said it, even if that president (sic) is a racist. His supporters didn’t blame Xi Jinping or the Chinese Communist Party for the virus. They blamed Asian Americans. They didn’t single out Chinese Americans…they went after Asian Americans.
The real irony here is these people who downplayed the virus, claimed it was no worse than the flu, refused to wear face masks, protested at state capitol buildings over shutdowns and mandates, are now refusing to be vaccinated, while physically attacking Asian Americans for “bringing” the virus.
If anything, maybe Asians should be beating us up for what we’ve done to their food. Did you know most of what you’re ordering at Chinese restaurants aren’t actually Chinese dishes? But yet, no attacks on Panda Express which is to Chinese food what Taco Bell is to Mexican.
One reason joining the Trump cult is so popular with stupid people is that you don’t have to be intelligent, have the ability to comprehend, or use logic to become a member.
It’s not just President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party who have to rebuild this nation after the Trump disaster. It’s all of us. It’s not enough to just not be racist. We need to be anti-racist. We still need to resist.
We won the White House and we control both chambers of Congress. What is there to resist? Racism. We need to resist the racism that inserted Donald Trump into the presidency. We need to resist the racism that dominates state legislatures that are trying to enact voter discrimination laws against minorities. We need to resist the racism that dominates the Republican Party.
For four years, Donald Trump instigated and enabled racists in this nation. It culminated in an attack on the United States Capitol by racist terrorists. That alone is proof that his use of racist terms to describe the coronavirus inspires racists to attack Asian Americans.
I believe we are still a racist country. We need to resist racist America. And how much do you wanna bet Kellyanne loves her some Panda Express?
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