Donald Trump, who is launching his own social media app after being banned from Facebook and Twitter, has been sued for roughly $22million after dubbing the coronavirus ‘China flu’.
The former president has been accused of fuelling anti-Asian hate crimes in the US by the Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition (CACRC).
He also referred to it as the ‘Wuhan virus’ and ‘Kung Flu’.
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According to The Independent, when Trump was confronted about his comments in March of last year, he stated: “It’s not racist at all. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
In the lawsuit, it’s also argued that the Republican should never have used the terms because it isn’t entirely clear where the virus originated from.
A recent study based on police statistics revealed that, across major US cities, there’s been nearly a 150% rise in reports of Anti-Asian hate crimes since the pandemic began.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has requested that people not ‘attach locations or ethnicity to the disease,’ as it could ‘fuel stigmatising attitudes’.
“This is not a ‘Wuhan virus,’ ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Asian virus’. The official name for the disease was deliberately chosen to avoid stigmatisation,” the public health organisation commented.
Trump recently faced a backlash for his attitude towards the Atlanta mass shootings which occurred last month.
A 21-year-old man allegedly killed eight people, many of whom were women of Asian descent.
Speaking to Fox’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump said: “We got [the economy] to a level that the world has never seen before. We were the envy of the world and then when we got hit by the—as I call it the China virus, COVID—it obviously went down with every other economy.”
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