Asian American doctor on Trump's "Chinese virus" rhetoric

"I want the president of the United States to stop this. I want everyone else who follows him to stop using this type of language, because we are all in this together." This Asian doctor explains why the "Chinese virus" rhetoric is so harmful to society.

Why the coronavirus shouldn’t be called the “Chinese Virus”

Brut spoke to Dr. Eugene Gu, CEO of Cool Quit, about Trump using this “Chinese Virus” rhetoric and how it is hurtful to society as a whole. “It's very heartbreaking for me. I want the president of the United States to stop this. I want everyone else who follows him to stop using this type of language, because we are all in this together.”, he explains.

President Trump is facing intense backlash for calling coronavirus “the Chinese virus.”

“We continue our relentless effort to defeat the Chinese virus.”, Trump recently announced. While Asian-Americans nationwide have already reported being targeted in attacks linked to coronavirus fears. Dr. Eugene Gu says he fears the rhetoric could lead to increased discrimination and racism. Dr. Gu explains, “I've seen reports of Asian-Americans being beaten on the streets, you know, throughout the United States and other countries. And it's very scary because when the president says it's a Chinese virus, he's implying that all Chinese-Americans and Asian-Americans, too, are dirty or we're like vermin, like cockroaches or rats carrying disease. That's the same kind of language that led to the genocide in Rwanda. And that's why I'm very scared about that. I want to make sure that we have awareness about the dangers of using language like that that could lead to hate crimes.” Since Trump has started calling it the “Chinese virus” there have been dozens of reports of incidents of bias against the Chinese Americans in the U.S. When Trump was asked why he kept using this phrasing even though people stated it was racist, he responded, “It's not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That's why. It comes from China.”

Trump has doubled down on referring to this language as criticism mounts over how his administration is handling pandemic response

Dr. Gu reveals, “He's trying to scapegoat Asian-Americans and Chinese Americans, because every time the Dow Jones Industrial Average takes a hit and takes a nosedive, he feels like his power and his reelection chances, chances are in jeopardy. And so in order to take back his power, he's like a cornered animal and he's lashing out at Asian-Americans and saying, hey, it's not my fault. It's their fault.” Dr. Gu also works with many other Asian-American physicians around the country who are working to provide care for patients who are suspected of having the coronavirus and to help them get through it. They are providing 24/7 care for patients of all backgrounds white, black, Asian, Native American. They swore an oath to help everyone. “Asian-Americans are Americans, too. We love our country. We love our fellow Americans. And to have the president, United States, throw us under the bus like this is so tragic and also incredibly unjust.”, he concludes.


03/24/2020 12:09 AM


  • Maria C.
    08/25/2020 12:04

    This trash need to get covid!

  • Shirley R.
    08/24/2020 05:01

    Dr Gu what are you gonna do, we've had German measles, Spanish flu, chicken pics so deal with what the hell could be WORSE

  • Tom S.
    08/19/2020 06:20

    Only harmful to those that developed it ,and ,trump isnt the only one calling it the Chinese virus

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  • Maggi C.
    05/06/2020 21:50

    Well, this is a virus and it is killing all humans! Some of you love an opportunity to hate on any nationality or race that you feel is inferior to yours. Regardless of who, what, where, when and how this happened. Our leaders, the supposed protectors of this nation did not listen, did not heed warning, and did not take advice from experts. So here we are...suffering and dying! Do your part to help protect yourself and your family. We cannot count on the Chinese government nor the US government to do what is right for public health. It is money over people, definitely here in the US!

  • Edith D.
    05/06/2020 15:11


  • Barb M.
    05/06/2020 00:39

    Ugly hateful man! Lock him up!

  • Barb M.
    05/06/2020 00:37

    Hope he loses the election and they handcuff him and take him directly to jail.

  • Alila A.
    05/05/2020 20:57

    Whatever its still a chinese virus..Trump is right

  • Joshua M.
    05/04/2020 09:23

    China has a lot of explaining to do about the virus that came from China and was covered up. It’s the Chinese virus based on its origin just like every other major outbreak with regional based names.

  • Gjerry A.
    05/01/2020 22:52

    Thats right trump. Thanks for putting America in front of everything. Trump 2020

  • WJ T.
    05/01/2020 00:24

    Nations need to unite with Transparency when it comes to public health and safety , and Equality for!!!!

  • Turangi V.
    04/28/2020 08:45


  • Radita S.
    04/24/2020 15:13

  • Mario G.
    04/24/2020 04:14

    He has no morals!!!! So don’t even waste your time with a stupid fkn idiot person😡

  • Nìgel C.
    04/23/2020 21:05

    It probably started in the white house

  • Francis A.
    04/19/2020 23:39

    It is what it is...Chinese virus. Very very simple😎

  • ايهاب ي.
    04/19/2020 20:16

    The virus does not come from no thing it comes from two resorces either made by china governoment or it is being spread as result of bad habit of the chinese food when they eat bats. Dogs. Cats. Every living things. Look to the damage and devastating which happen to the world it like the end of the world alot of innocent died because of one person mistake china has destroyed every beautiful things in the world we feel so sad for losing our love ones

  • Thomas F.
    04/18/2020 18:28

    Trump and Fox have created a new country D S A Divided States of America Well done President Trump And only took you 3 years 🤨

  • JoAnn L.
    04/15/2020 22:08

    He wants to control everything.

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