Former President Barack Obama is reportedly furious with President Trump for calling COVID-19 “the China virus” and “kung flu.”
Obama reportedly exploded in rage at Trump during a private fundraiser for Democrat nominee Joe Biden, saying that Trump’s attitude towards China in regard to the virus “shocks and pisses me off.”
While stumping for his former vice president, Obama said “I don’t want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it’s funny. I don’t want that. That still shocks and pisses me off,” according to a New York Times report.
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump elicited a storm of controversy by calling coronavirus the “Chinese virus.” While critics attempted to paint Trump as a racist, Trump made it very clear that he was attempting to hold the Chinese government — not Asian people as a whole — responsible for unleashing the virus on the world.
After extended media outcry, Trump stopped calling it the Chinese virus to end the relentless and distracting attacks. However, the controversy was resurrected when Trump called coronavirus the “Kung flu” at his Tulsa rally on June 20.
As the press once again began to attack Trump over his position on China and the virus, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shut down the renewed attacks during a press conference last week, saying:
What the President does do is point to the fact that the origin of the virus is China. It’s a fair thing to point out, as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history, ridiculously blame the coronavirus on American soldiers. This is what China is trying to do. And what President Trump is saying, “No, China, I will label this virus for its place of origin.”
The President has said very clearly, it’s “important that we totally protect our Asian [American] community in the U.S. and all around the world. They’re amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form. They’re working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together. It’s very important.”
So it’s not a discussion about Asian Americans, who the President values and prizes as citizens of this great country; it is an indictment of China for letting this virus get here.
And I would also point out that the media blames President Trump for using the terms “China virus” and “Wuhan virus,” when they themselves have used these very terms. The New York Times called it the “Chinese coronavirus”; Reuters, the “Chinese virus”; CNN, the “Chinese coronavirus” on January 20; Washington Post, January 21st, “Chinese coronavirus.” And I have more than a dozen other examples.
Additionally, according to polls taken during the height of the controversy, the majority of Americans agreed with Trump’s nomenclature surrounding the virus.
The Daily Caller reported on April 9 that “Three consecutive national surveys by The Harris Poll found that more than 50% of Americans said they somewhat or strongly agree with Trump using the term ‘Chinese virus.'”