How serious a no-no is it call the coronavirus the “Chinese coronavirus” or the “Wuhan coronavirus”? That depends on who’s doing the naming. If it is Donald Trump, doing so is one of the world’s greater sins.
Such is the opinion of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who accused President Trump of “xenophobia” for daring to point out the Chinese origins of the virus in his address to the nation from the Oval Office Wednesday night. The Chinese would have the world believe otherwise — that the virus originated in the U.S. and was brought to China — and apparently Acosta is convinced they’re right.
“One of the points that the president wanted to make tonight,” he told network anchor Chris Cuomo after the speech is that “this virus did not start here,” adding:
[I]t should be pointed out that Stephen Miller, who is an immigration hardliner who advises the president is one of the top domestic policy advisers and speechwriter, was a driving force in writing this speech and I think it is going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia. …
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 12, 2020
Not only is it idiotic to suggest that pointing out origins of the coronavirus is racist – you know, the way they do with most diseases (see German measles, Ebola virus, etc.) – but Acosta’s own words prove him a hypocrite:
Wuhan, of course, is the province in China where the outbreak began.
President Trump was correct when, during an event in India, he called Acosta out for having “probably the worst record in the history of broadcasting.”
“Your record is so bad that you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump chastised.
Acosta’s continuing hypocrisy and lies show he has no shame.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession