The White House on Friday took what appeared to be a thinly veiled attack at former President Trump, blaming a spike in anti-Asian violence and bias on rhetoric from “certain political leaders” — as it announced an initiative to combat the spike in violence.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, and the xenophobic rhetoric used by certain political leaders during this crisis, have led to a tragic spike in acts of anti-Asian bias, violence, and xenophobia,” the White House said in a fact sheet.
While it did not mention Trump by name, Democrats, including President Biden, criticized Trump last year for repeatedly referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus” or “Chinese virus” because it apparently originated in Wuhan, China.
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“Unfortunately, Donald Trump and his administration have failed to show almost any moral leadership when it comes to this issue,” Biden said in April of last year. “Indeed, Trump’s attempts to deflect responsibility away from his own failures in addressing this pandemic by calling the coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’ during the White House press briefings stoked feelings of hatred and anger toward” Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“The casual racism and regular xenophobia that we have seen from Trump and this administration is a national scourge,” he said.
Trump has brushed off those concerns and has kept using the phrase, including since leaving office.
“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine,
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