Donald Trump has decided to use the coronavirus outbreak to spread his xenophobic and hateful rhetoric. Trump has recently been referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” and even accusing the press of “siding with China” for questioning him on the matter.
“I think they do. They are siding with China. They are doing things that they shouldn’t be doing. They’re siding with many others. China’s the least of it,” Trump said during a White House briefing on the coronavirus in response to a question from One America News (OAN).
“So why they’re doing this, you’ll have to ask them,” he added. “If we had an honest media in this country our country would be an even greater place.”
Trump was even caught on camera changing his press notes. Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford shared an image that illustrated Trump’s insistence on pushing the China narrative, showing a close-up of his notes where he crossed out the word “corona” and replaced it with “Chinese.”
Take a look below:
Close up of President @realDonaldTrump notes is seen where he crossed out "Corona" and replaced it with "Chinese" Virus as he speaks with his coronavirus task force today at the White House. #trump #trumpnotes pic.twitter.com/kVw9yrPPeJ
— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) March 19, 2020