Trump Sued by Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition Over ‘China Virus’ … and the CACRC wants Trump to cough up $1 for every Asian American and Pacific Islander living in the United States. 29 other suits now currently in action against previous guy. Likely Trump will pay off in Bitcoin or NFTs.
More pathetic are right-wing Indians reacting to the labeling of variants according to locations, concurrently promoting Sinophobic social messaging (see Kashmir).
Article with a link to the full complaint:https://t.co/n8zFcvFkrR
— Don Lewis (@DonLew87) May 21, 2021
Jason Miller, senior adviser for Trump, told The Hill in a statement, “This is an insane and idiotic lawsuit that is specious at best, and it will be dismissed if it ever sees a courtroom.”
“It’s a complete joke, and if I was the lawyer that brought it I’d be worried about getting sanctioned,” he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a worrying and well-documented increase in violence against Asian Americans that activists have blamed in part on rhetoric like Trump’s.
Trump and his allies repeatedly used the term “Chinese virus” and other derogatory phrases since COVID-19 was initially detected in Wuhan, China.
A study from the University of California, San Francisco published in March found that Trump calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” in a tweet in March 2020 led to an increase in the use of anti-Asian hashtags on the platform.
Last year, a photo of Trump’s notes during a press briefing went viral after it showed the word “corona” in coronavirus crossed out and replaced with “Chinese.”
Trump has defended his use of the term, saying, “It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate.”
But as the suit points out, the origins of COVID-19 are still unclear.
Using the racist language of “China virus” & “kung flu” to describe #COVID19 has led to stereotyping & scapegoating the AAPI community and racist attacks on Chinese Americans. Read more from SSIR Editor Marcie Bianco in the Summer issue. https://t.co/qBBVTrFM51
— Social Innovation (@SSIReview) May 21, 2021
Scientist and physician Dr. Vin Gupta felt anger and frustration at the spread of the term “China Virus”. With the ongoing increase of violence against Asians, he feels that the term wrongly stereotypes Asians, while also unfairly placing blame on them for the pandemic. #OSAYS pic.twitter.com/2pi5KSZ3OA
— Our Stories Are Your Stories (@OSAYS_AAPI) May 15, 2021
"We came upon this theme of humanizing the city of Wuhan. It had been raked through the leaves [in Western media] as the epicenter of the “China Virus”, “Kung Flu”. I wanted to cut through the headlines and statistics to get to the humanity of it…" @yungfilms https://t.co/iNTDHnFEWW
— @wuhanwuhandoc (@wuhanwuhandoc) May 18, 2021
President Biden’s right—I don’t screw around when it comes to defending Americans from hate.
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyDuckworth) May 20, 2021