“We are angry that people are dying and our country is #1 in cases and deaths due to a chaotic and uncoordinated response.”
Naturally, many in the Asian American community as well as those outside were quick to correct Trump’s statement on the anger of Asian Americans, a wide-ranging community that became and still is the most targeted by discrimination and racism amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trump doesn’t speak for Asian Americans like me nor millions of others in this country who have been horrified by his cruel and blatant racism. He kept calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus” while Asian Americans were being beaten on the streets in a spike in hate crimes.
In a contentious press conference on Monday, May 11, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang had asked Trump why cases were still rising in the country as the President made U.S. efforts a seemingly “global competition.”
“They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world,” Trump replied. “And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK?”
Jiang questioned the President as to why he made that statement towards her with him who responded that he would have said it towards anybody who “asked a nasty question like that.”
I asked President Trump if he was being selfish for not getting tested and possibly spreading #Coronavirus to others. He said he would “probably” get one.
On Twitter, Jiang’s profile includes she is a Chinese-born West Virginian. The hashtag #StandWithWeijiaJiang has many users tweeting their support for the correspondent.
As of today, there are 1,378,643 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
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