It appears the only virus designation American progressives don’t like is one that accurately points to Communist China, which is responsible through its negligence at a very minimum for millions of deaths worldwide from COVID-19 aka the “China virus” (also acceptable is “Wuhan virus”).
“The federal complaint by the Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition (CARC) alleges that Trump’s use of that phrase and similar terms harmed the Chinese American community,” the Hill reported, while noting it was first reported by TMZ.
“Trump’s getting sued by the Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition … and they’re pissed over him constantly referring to COVID-19 as ‘Chinese virus,’ ‘Wuhan virus’ and ‘Kung Flu’ while he was in office,’ TMZ reported.
“According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the CACRC claims Trump’s use of the derogatory terms contributed to the recent rise in violence against Chinese and Asian Americans … and they claim he should have known better,” the report continued.
The lawsuit ignores a number of important and inconvient facts that blow a huge hole in its argument. First of all, alleging that merely making a political argument is tantamount to an incitement of violence is intellectually dishonest. It is an attempt at weaponizing the courts to engage in censorship, which is forbidden by the First Amendment. It is the same kind of disingenuous argument that Democrats made after January 6th, when they asserted that the president’s arguments about voter fraud, similar to ones Democrats had made after elections prior, were the actual catalyst behind a siege on the Capitol building that was planned before Trump even gave the speech.
The lawsuit’s claim also obfuscates that numerous viruses and illnesses have been named after geographical designations. Since there are simply to many to name, a sample shall suffice: West Nile virus, German measles, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ebola, St. Louis Encephalities, etc. That doesn’t even compass the COVID “variants,” which the same critics bent over shape about “China virus” often refer to without so much as being able to square the absurdity: the U.K. variant, Brazil variant, and Indian variant, among others. Are we supposed to see an uptick of violence against the British, Brazilians and Indians because of these variants? Of course not.
Lastly, many of the violent Asian “hate crimes” appear to be carried out by black Americans. This is a problematic issue the U.S. media appears unwilling to address on the whole, so they have merely dropped a lot of Asian “hate crimes” reportage. It is also a reason why Trump cannot conceivably be blamed for the spike in Asian “hate crimes,” unless one is ludicrously insinuating that black Americans are taking orders from Donald Trump.
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