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Trump Unleashes Racist Rant Inside Church As Crowd Of Students Go Wild And Cheer


Trump Unleashes Racist Rant Inside Church As Crowd Of Students Go Wild And Cheer

President Trump doubled down on his use of the racist term “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus on Tuesday, just days after using the racist term during a wide-ranging speech at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this past weekend.

Trump went back to referring to the coronavirus as the ‘Kung-flu’ at a “Students For Trump” campaign rally inside a church in Phoenix Tuesday after the White House rejected complaints about the racist phrase.

Trump trolled his critics by running through the long list of nicknames for the virus that has killed 120,000 Americans, including calling it the “China virus” and the “Chineses virus,” a term he briefly eschewed.

“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?” Trump said inside the Dream City megachurch to cheering young supporters.

“It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung Flu, yeah?” Trump said.

The line earned cheers from the roughly 3,000 supporters who filled the church in north Phoenix.

“Kung Flu. COVID-19. COVID,” Trump continued.

“I said what’s the nineteen? COVID-19. Some people can’t explain what that 19? COVID-19, I said, that’s an odd name. I could give you many, many names,” he said.

“Some people call it the Chinese flu. The China flu, right?” Trump said. “They call it the China – as opposed to China. The China. I’ve never seen anything like it. But here’s the story, we are going to be stronger than ever before, and it’s going to be soon.”

Trump also called out White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who on Monday defended his use of the term, and said Trump doesn’t consider it racist.

“‘The president does not believe that it is offensive to note that this virus came from China,” she told reporters.

VOX notes: “Trump’s decision to lean into racist rhetoric — including terminology his own adviser, Kellyanne Conway, has condemned in the past — comes as Asian Americans continue to report hate incidents such as verbal abuse, physical assault, and property damage during the pandemic. As the coronavirus spread around the world, tropes that treat Asians as perpetual foreigners have also resurfaced, fueling racist and hostile anti-Asian sentiment.”

“Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that’s been tracking self-reported hostile anti-Asian incidents since late March, says it’s received more than 2,100 reports since the project began. Such incidents have included instances of employees getting shunned in the workplace, families being spat on at fast food restaurants, and children getting beaten up by their classmates. The group says it saw a surge in reports after Trump began using rhetoric like the “Chinese virus” and noted that many “anti-China” comments were frequently associated with verbal and physical assaults.”


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