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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.

Brut.

03/24/2020 12:09 AM
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1045 comments

  • Nick N.
    07/16/2020 01:04

    2020

  • Ting S.
    07/11/2020 04:45

    https://www.facebook.com/323800258182582/posts/696016437627627/

  • Ting S.
    07/11/2020 04:43

    Colonials imperialism crook, robber and liars culture. That DNA roots.

  • Audie M.
    07/06/2020 20:03

    How about you pansies stop crying about everything that means nothing, Jesus christ.

  • Gordon C.
    07/06/2020 11:24

    Lets just say it. This 🤡 President is retarded! PERIOD!

  • Esmail A.
    07/05/2020 09:10

    The president is true to say that because it's the fault Chinese

  • Paul M.
    07/03/2020 21:04

    Start calling smallpox the American virus then.

  • Shazzadul H.
    07/03/2020 16:00

    He also called it kung fu virus 🦠

  • Janet C.
    07/02/2020 17:21

    Trump is a racist and a pathetically poor human being. DUMP TRUMP. VOTE BIDEN in NOV.🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️

  • Wahid B.
    06/30/2020 10:28

    So so so soute sorry not chaina wairs The beg wsirs us ajance cei out rapoteng

  • Vicki L.
    06/30/2020 02:36

    Trump is evil & psychotic 👿👿🤮🤮

  • Robert K.
    06/29/2020 13:13

    It’s the Trump virus

  • Waleed M.
    06/28/2020 09:16

    It’s a Chineese virus 🦠 . China lied about it and the entire world is paying the price It’s definitely the Chinese virus

  • Gary C.
    06/27/2020 16:01

    🍊🤡🎪

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  • Kim Y.
    06/23/2020 14:31

    From now on, I shall refer to it as the ignorant Orange flu...

  • Kunal D.
    06/23/2020 08:40

    Yeah stop calling it Chinese Virus, it should be called "Wuhan Virus."

  • Aley A.
    06/23/2020 08:07

    Hi the one vires

  • Thuto M.
    06/23/2020 07:22

    So, Dr Gu Your lives matter now? What about what your People did and are doing to Africans in China? What about the evictions you impose on them? This is not even a taste of your own medicine.

  • Alex N.
    06/23/2020 06:33

    It came from China