Apparently it's fine to call it the "Trump Virus," but the term "Chinese Virus" is inappropriate… At least, that's according to actor George Takei.
Despite the fact that the media called it the "Wuhan Virus" for weeks, many on the left are changing their tune.
The terms Wuhan Virus and Chinese Virus are now alleged to be dog whistles to racist Trump supporters, George Takei says.
Takei appeared on MSNBC and accused Trump of "sending a signal to the haters" by using the term Chinese virus.
See Takei's accusation below:
Trump's use of the term Chinese Virus only happened after the communist China regime accused the U.S. military of creating the novel coronavirus and spreading in Wuhan.
The president insists that the phrase is only used to fight back against Chinese propaganda and to remind people where the virus originated from and China's attempt to cover-up the spreading pandemic.
Still, Breitbart reports that Takei has accused Trump of using the term to stoke racism:
Actor George Takei is taking issue with President Trump referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” contending that the phrase is “sending a signal to the haters in his constituency.”
The Star Trek actor, in a Saturday appearance on the left-wing network MSNBC, said that the president’s decision to refer to the coronavirus — which originated in Wuhan, China — as the “Chinese virus” sends “a cold chill throughout the Asian-American community” and added that Trump is “sending a signal to the haters in his constituency, and there are plenty of them there.”
Takei provided a number of examples, including an incident shared by NYPD’s hate crimes unit depicting a man attacking a woman wearing a face mask in the Chinatown subway station in February. A witness alleged hearing the man use the words “diseased bitch.”
Takei also cited the lynchings of 20 Chinese men in the central plaza of Los Angeles in 1870s, as well the internment of Japanese-Americans under Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“So we have this history. We want the term to be eliminated completely, but that sycophant Mike Pompeo used it publicly as well,” he added, asking Trump to “not be a participant” in the coronavirus tasks force briefings.
Indeed, Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have referred to the virus as either the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” — a decision Trump has repeatedly defended.
“I have to call it where it came from, it did come from China, so I think it’s a very accurate term,” Trump told reporters at a coronavirus press conference last week.
Just like "Radical Islamic Terrorism," we can only solve a problem by identifying what it is.
Once the pandemic ends, there will be long-term repercussions to be had with China.
For example, our medical supply chain reliance on China will likely be minimized or come to an end.
The economic markets have been severely damaged by this crisis, which was undoubtedly made worse by the secretive, communist Chinese government.
Yet... Takei wants to make this a personal case against Trump.
See his tweet below:
While it has been widely accused that Twitter suppresses conservative news and viewpoints, Takei wants to bring it to the next level.
He's called on all his followers to report President Trump's tweets to Twitter as spam.
If enough people flag a tweet, Twitter will remove it.
It also can jeopardize the standing of the account that posted it.
The Independent has more on Takei's campaign to flag Trump's tweets:
George Takei is leading a campaign to get Donald Trump reported on Twitter for “stoking racism” over the coronavirus.
The actor asked others on the platform to flag a tweet by the US president in which he referred to the “Chinese virus”.
“Do me a favour and report this tweet. Trump is stoking racism,” Takei wrote.
“@jack [Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey] may not do anything, but people should let @Twitter know it’s not acceptable.”
Trump’s tweet reads: "The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”
While Trump is joining both Republicans and Democrats to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, entertainers and the media continue to use this crisis to score cheap political points against the president.
When the dust settles, it will be clear that the administration has acted quickly and decisively to minimize the damage... and that the left has only used divisive rhetoric to slam the president.