At Tulsa rally, US President Donald Trump terms COVID-19 as ‘Kung Flu’
Civil Liberty Groups have created an alert for the use of terms like ‘Chinese Virus’ which may form some racism events agains Asian Americans.
At a rally in Tulsa, Donald Trump used racist language to explain the global pandemic, by designating the virus as the “Kung Flu”.
The coronavirus outburst commenced in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, and has spread all around the globe causing deaths of tens of thousands of people. Trump’s reply to the pandemic in the US has been hugely condemned as the virus outburst in the US claimed beyond 100,000 American lives and contaminated more than two million people.
Trump has frequently tried to name COVID-19 as either “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus” which has induced fury from several civil liberties groups, who have alerted that the use of such language can stimulate racism and violence against Asian Americans.
But in Tulsa, Trump came out to move even further in his use of racist language.
In response to cheers from the crowd, Trump said: “It has more names than any disease in history. I can name Kung Flu. I can name 19 different versions of names,”
In the past, Trump has protected his language around connecting the virus to China. While addressing at a daily coronavirus task force reporting in March, he told that “not racist at all. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
In April, Cecillia Wang, the American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director, wrote that efforts to condemn China “lead to dangerous scapegoating and widespread ignorance, just when accurate public health information is critically needed”.
The World Health Organization has also informed against terms that connect the virus to China to avoid stigmatization.
At the same rally, Trump also used the Spanish word “hombre” while explaining about a fictional criminal breaking into a young woman’s house while she was alone at night. Trump was speaking about nationwide protests intended at defunding the police in the wake of a spate of police deaths of Black people.
Trump said, “It’s one o’clock in the morning … a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away,”