Hillary Clinton has yet another criticism for President Trump, this time regarding the name of the ongoing global pandemic.
Clinton is not the president, having lost in both 2008 and 2016, but claims Trump is setting a bad example in office when he refers to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, as the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.”
These terms are “racist,” according to the former first lady, who expressed her criticism in a tweet.
“The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis,” she tweeted.
Clinton added: “Don’t fall for it. Don’t let your friends and family fall for it.”
The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis.
Don't fall for it. Don't let your friends and family fall for it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020
President Trump has referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” on multiple occasions, most recently defending his use of the term during a White House presser on Wednesday evening.
“I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus,” he said per ABC News.
The president said the term is “not racist at all” as the disease “comes from China.”
President Trump defends using “Chinese virus” to refer to COVID-19, telling @CeciliaVega it is “not racist at all…it comes from China.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2020
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) March 18, 2020
Liberal talk show hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel shared in Clinton’s criticism.
Colbert said it is “a very racist term.”
“A great way to prevent a virus from spreading is to name it something racist,” Kimmel added in another video.
Jimmy Kimmel jokes: “A great way to prevent a virus from spreading is to name it something racist" pic.twitter.com/HQ4geEXcx7
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 19, 2020
The White House and several others defended the president online, noting many viruses are referenced by their place of origin.
“Spanish Flu. West Nile Virus. Zika. Ebola. All named for places,” the White House said in a tweet. “Before the media’s fake outrage, even CNN called it ‘Chinese Coronavirus.’”
“Those trying to divide us must stop rooting for America to fail and give Americans real info they need to get through the crisis,” it added.
Spanish Flu. West Nile Virus. Zika. Ebola. All named for places.
Before the media’s fake outrage, even CNN called it “Chinese Coronavirus.”
Those trying to divide us must stop rooting for America to fail and give Americans real info they need to get through the crisis.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 18, 2020
Here are some more responses:
How much money did China just donate to the Clinton Foundation for you to tweet this? https://t.co/CWKdYCqiXq
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 18, 2020
Maybe the virus is from a YouTube video.
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) March 19, 2020
China thanks you for pushing their propaganda.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 18, 2020
— Ross Schumann (@RossSchumann) March 18, 2020
To be clear, the network you work for called it the “Chinese coronavirus” in January and you didn’t say a word.
The corporate political media don’t care about the American public. They only care about destroying the media’s political enemies. https://t.co/EXjj20wRqE
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 19, 2020
My God you are a terrible person
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) March 18, 2020
Another media outlet curiously tweeting about the Wuhan Coronavirus from China being accurately referred to as a “Chinese virus.” This is your media folks. 👇🏻👇🏻 https://t.co/0MZOCCtalb
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 19, 2020
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
Reporter: "Are you on board with the President calling this the China virus, Chinese virus. Does it seem like it's helpful right now to call it that?"
Sen. John Cornyn: "That's where it came from." pic.twitter.com/TkvQ5Z9p8y
— The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2020