Donald Trump may not be qualified or competent enough to be President of the United States, but one thing he is very competent at, is name calling. From “Sleepycreepy” Joe Biden, “Crooked Hillary” Clinton, “Mini Mike” Michael Bloomberg, “Slimeball” James Comey, ‘Al Frankenstein” Al Franken, “Basically braindead Bernie” Bernie Sanders and many many more.
Such bizarre presidential behaviour. But the strange thing is Trump’s base and supporters like the name calling. They like the way he ‘tells it like it is’. Where has social decorum gone?
But now Trump has come up with a nickname for covid-19. Kung Flu!
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s use of the term “Kung Flu” in referring to COVID-19 at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
McEnany said Trump’s rhetoric Saturday was an indictment of China rather than Asian Americans. Experts, however, said that besides being offensive to both groups, the excuse doesn’t hold up because Asians and Asian Americans are often viewed as a monolith because of implicit bias, the history of the racial group in the U.S. and the current political climate.
Asian American advocacy groups responded to Trump’s use of the racist phrase, which he used after joking that the coronavirus “has more names than any disease in history.”
“I can name ‘kung flu,'” Trump told the crowd. “I can name 19 different versions of names.”
“It’s not a discussion about Asian Americans, who the president values and prizes as citizens of this great country,” McEnany said. “It is an indictment of China for letting the virus get here.”
But Andy Kang, executive director of the civil rights nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, told NBC News that given the political and racial environment of the U.S., Trump’s words could have harmful consequences.
“We’re currently in the middle of a global pandemic that has caused a tremendous amount of suffering, both in economic terms and, more importantly, lives lost. On top of that, it’s a presidential election year,” he said. “With such an emotionally charged political atmosphere, it’s irresponsible and reckless for our political leaders and candidates for our nation’s highest office to engage in rhetoric that incites xenophobic scapegoating and violence.”