House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy lashed out at a CNN reporter on Thursday who asked whether the California Republican thought President Trump’s use of the racist term “kung-flu” was “an appropriate way to characterize the coronavirus.”
McCarthy exploded in outrage over the questions, saying in response, “Do you think that’s the most pressing issue you have about the coronavirus? … What I’m thinking about is why that is your most pressing issue as a question. When we’ve just seen a spike in coronavirus, you’re concerned about somebody and the way they name it.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy gets o u t r a g e d when asked whether Trump's calling it "Kung Flu" is appropriate. pic.twitter.com/zMCMx1Pxi0
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During a Students for Trump rally at Dream City Church in north Phoenix on Tuesday. Trump returned to a bigoted reference for COVID-19 that he’d used on Saturday at a gathering in Tulsa.
He said in part, “I said the other night, there’s never been anything where they have so many names. I could give you 19 or 20 names for that, right? It’s got all different names.”
He then used some of those so-called names.
“The Chinese virus.” The “Wuhan” virus.
“Kung Flu,” he added as the crowd cheered and applauded.
Trump’s use of the racist term for the coronavirus has sparked outrage, especially as many Asian Americans have found themselves the target of hate crimes and violence while Trump and Republicans continue to blame the COVID-19 pandemic on China.