President Donald Trump used Twitter to address the rise of anti-Asian hate speech and crime in America. In his post from March 24, POTUS urged to “totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world.”
He also stressed that the COVID-19 outbreak was not “their fault”, referring to it as “the Virus.”
The same day Donald Trump announced his plans to refrain from calling coronavirus “China [or Chinese] virus.” He has been using it ever since the outbreak began. The Congress, Trump’s administration, as well as common citizens, repeatedly asked him to drop the term because of its prejudiced connotations, rooted in racism and xenophobia. The President openly refused to do so.
Judy Chu, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus said that while the President’s message of support was welcome, the damage was already done. Numerous followers of Donald Trump still use the term “China virus” to put the outbreak blame on people of Asian ethnicity.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the reported anti-Asian incidents, New York officials announced a Hate Crimes hotline number. Anyone who has experienced any hate crimes or biased-based incidents can call 1-800-771-7755 to receive legal advice and support.