Meghan McCain has praised Donald Trump for refusing to stop calling COVID-19 ‘the Chinese virus’ despite fierce accusations of racism.
The president has used the term shamelessly on Twitter several times in recent days, receiving criticism from many people – including Chinese officials – who say the term is both inaccurate and deeply offensive to Asians.
McCain expressed support for Trump in The View on Tuesday, saying the term is “effective.”
“I have no problem with people calling it what they want. It is a deadly virus that comes from Wuhan, “said the conservative co-host during a heated debate with fellow panelists.
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Meghan McCain has praised Donald Trump for refusing to stop calling COVID-19 ‘the Chinese virus’, despite fierce criticism on Tuesday’s The View episode
President Trump has been accused of promoting racist rhetoric against Asians by referring to the new corona virus as ‘the Chinese virus’ multiple times on Twitter this week.
The View panel opened Tuesday’s show addressing Trump’s defense of his nickname for COVID-19 – which he claims is using in retaliation against Chinese officials who, according to his government, are spreading conspiracy theories that the tension was created by the US military.
Host Whoopi Goldberg, who aired from home as a precaution, said she couldn’t remember China ever making such allegations before guest host Dan Abrams commented, “Obviously, some Chinese officials are definitely trying to send this message.”
Abrams then warned that if “many on the left become too focused” on the rhetoric “Trump will win on this.”
“Do I think he should call it the Chinese virus? No, ”he said.
“But I think it’s a losing argument to the left because I think the vast majority of Americans will say,” Who cares? ”
Fellow host Sara Haines accused Trump of trying to “politicize” the spiral pandemic by using the term.
“This is a time to look at information, look at facts and data. By calling it the Chinese virus, that politicizes the title. Call it COVID-19 and stick to the facts, ”she said.
Goldberg recalled that there has already been an increase in racist violence and abuse against Asian Americans because the pandemic started in China.
The View panel – including Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Dan Abrams and McCain (left to right) – opened Tuesday’s show addressing Trump’s defense of his nickname. The President claims to use the term in retaliation against Chinese officials who, according to his government, are spreading conspiracy theories that the tension was caused by the United States military
Referring to Trump’s claims that China has attempted to blame the US outbreak, Abrams said, “Obviously, some Chinese officials are definitely trying to spread this message.”
Whoopi Goldberg, who aired from home as a precaution, recalled that there has already been an increase in racist violence and abuse against Asian Americans because of the pandemic in China
McCain then agreed, saying Trump’s use of the term was justified because the Chinese government had tried to suppress information about the outbreak before it reached a massive global scale.
“I have no problem with it, and I think if they had acted right away and we had more access to information, China might not have gotten that far,” she said.
“That doesn’t mean we should be stereotyping anyway,” she added.
She said to Abrams, “I agree that I think the left wants to focus on PC [politically correct] labeling this virus is a great way to get Trump re-elected. ‘
Goldberg intervened: “We shouldn’t be pointing fingers. People become targets because people call it the Chinese virus. ‘
McCain responded by referring to her Twitter feed as evidence that she is not an “advocate” of racial targeting before saying she would not “knock China off the hook.”
“There is a lot of anger about our dependence on the Chinese government right now and our dependence on China in so many ways,” she said.
“And those messages from President Trump and his messages from the very beginning that we need to remove our trade from China will be very effective until 2020.”
Both Goldberg and co-host Sunny Hostin then simultaneously agreed to counter-arguments, after which McCain complained, “I can’t tell who shouts at me first.”
We must not point fingers. People become targets because people call it the Chinese virus.
“Nobody screams,” Goldberg replied. “I’m just trying to make sure you can hear me. I’m just saying it’s the same as saying that Mexicans and rapists come here to get Americans. It is the same.’
‘And you know what? It was effective, ”McCain shot back, before Goldberg had the final say on the subject.
“It was effective, but it is not correct,” she said. “And if an Asian person is hit like we’ve seen in the past few weeks because someone thinks he’s walking around with it, you can’t – as the one running the country, you can’t lead with that.
“You should be better.”
Trump seemed unfazed by the backlash when he repeated the offensive term three times in a series of tweets on Wednesday morning
Federal officials, including the head of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have sought to alleviate the racist stigma surrounding COVID-19 by warning of reference to the tension in a way that connects it to China where the outbreak occurred. in December started in Wuhan city.
The World Health Organization guidelines warn leaders to avoid naming a disease after a location, as it can stigmatize an area or ethnic group.
But Trump – who has been vehemently criticized for tackling the US pandemic and also has a long history of perceived racism and xenophobia – has tried to label the new corona virus as a foreigner disease.
Although COVID-19 has largely come under control in China, it has killed more than 7,000 people around the world and severely disrupted daily life in Western countries.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 7,898 people in the US in all 50 states tested positive for COVID-19 and 121 died.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 7,898 people in the US in all 50 states tested positive for COVID-19 and 121 died
Trump drew the ire of Chinese officials on Monday when he tweeted COVID-19 the “ Chinese virus. ”
“The United States will provide strong support to industries, such as airlines and others, particularly affected by the Chinese virus. We will be stronger than ever before! ‘ He wrote.
Beijing responded early on Tuesday demanding that “the US side correct the error immediately and halt the unfounded allegations.”
Trump then doubled and tweeted on Tuesday morning about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – who has demanded that the military be activated to build hospitals – that “Cuomo wants” all states to be treated the same “.
“But not all states are the same. Some are hit hard by the Chinese virus, some are practically not hit at all. ‘
Trump first caught the ire of Chinese officials on Monday when he tweeted COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus’ in a tweet
The president repeated the offensive nickname for coronavirus in another tweet on Tuesday
Hours later, an Asian-American reporter for CBS News fueled the controversy when she accused a White House official of calling the corona virus “Kung Flu” right in the face.
Born in China and raised in West Virginia, Weijia Jiang shared the disturbing meeting on Twitter, writing, “This morning a White House official called #Coronavirus the” Kung-Flu “in my face.
“I wonder what they call it behind my back.”
Dozens of social media users expressed outrage at the comment, accusing Trump of being responsible for racist rhetoric surrounding the corona virus.
Weijia Jiang, a correspondent for CBS News, accused a White House official of referring to coronavirus as the “Kung Flu” on Tuesday morning
Only a few people have spoken out in defense of Trump’s nickname, including McCain and Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson, who addressed the reaction to his show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday.
“Today, NBC News sent a tweet suggesting that the president’s use of the term ‘Chinese virus’ was both inaccurate and harmful in establishing racist associations between the virus and those from China,” said the host.
“Another statement from morons in our news media. How is it incorrect to call a virus from China ‘Chinese’? ‘
“The president, to his credit, does not seem intimidated,” added Carlson before turning down a snippet of Trump rejecting criticism at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
In the clip, a reporter is heard asking Trump if he will continue to use the phrase, despite being said to be offensive.
“Well, China was spreading information that was false, that our military was giving it to them, which was false,” he replied.
“Instead of arguing, I said to call it where it came from. It came from China. ‘
“Good for him,” said Carlson at the end of the clip.
“That was Trump at his best.”
“Why would our media side with China in a crisis like this?” he asked.
Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson praised Donald Trump for naming COVID-19 as “ the Chinese virus ” on his Tuesday night show
Several other pro-Trump officials have come under fire for referring to the deadly species as the ‘Wuhan virus’, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Tom Cotton (R – Oklahoma) and Congressman Paul Gosar (R – Arizona) .
Pompeo accused China of spreading conspiracy theories that the virus was the creation of the United States military.
Contrasting conspiracy theories claiming the virus was made by China as a biological warfare tool have been broadcast in pro-Trump circles in the U.S.
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Tuesday accused “certain American politicians” of promoting stigma by connecting the new corona virus to China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured) accused China of spreading conspiracy theories that the virus was the creation of the United States military
He didn’t specifically mention Trump, but was supposed to respond to the tweet from the president, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.
“We express great outrage and resolute opposition to this,” Geng said on a daily newsletter.
He stressed that the coronavirus outbreak had occurred in several places around the world and that the urgent task was for the international community to join forces to curb the pandemic.
“The United States must first manage its own affairs and then make constructive contributions to international cooperation against epidemics and the maintenance of global public health security,” said Geng.
China later retaliated by announcing that Beijing would expel American journalists working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Trump responded to the snub by tripling the offensive term in a series of tweets.
‘For the people who are now unemployed because of the important and necessary curtailment policy, for example closing hotels, bars and restaurants, money will come to you soon. The attack of the Chinese virus is not your fault! Will be stronger than ever! read the first tweet.
About an hour later, he added, “I’ll hold a press conference today to discuss very important FDA news about the Chinese virus!”
In a third tweet, he stated, “I have always treated the Chinese virus very seriously and have done a very good job from the start, including my very early decision to close the” borders “of China – against the wishes of almost everyone. Many lives have been saved. Fake News’ new story is disgraceful and false! ‘