No question, Trump rhetoric feeds anti-Asian bias, White House says

No question, Trump rhetoric feeds anti-Asian bias, White House says

Washington: White House press secretary Jane Saki said Wednesday (local time) that former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric around the coronovirus epidemic – calling COVID-19 a “chinavirus” – contributed to discrimination against Asian Americans. The remarks came in the wake of Tuesday’s firing in and around Atlanta in which several Asian women were killed.
“I think there is no question that some of the damaging rhetoric that we saw during the prior administration to COVID, along with the” Wuhan virus “or other things that give rise to perceptions of the Asian American community that are inaccurate, unfair, you Raised, you know, threats – threats against Asian Americans have increased. And we’re seeing that across the country, “Saki said during a daily press briefing at the White House.
The press secretary pointed to President Joe Biden’s focus on the issue of anti-Asian prejudice, including a pandemic, a memo condemnation, and a demand to combat racism against Asian Americans.
Biden last week condemned hate crimes against Asian Americans during a prime-time address since the one-year pandemic ban began, calling the violence “United Nations”.
Hill cited NBC News as saying that there have been about 3,800 incidents of bias against Asian Americans in the last 12 months.
Trump has repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as “chinavirus”, “Wuhan virus”, and “kung flu”, despite concerns that the rhetoric is contributing to racism against Asian Americans.
The suspect has been charged with eight counts of murder in a shooting spree in Atlanta massage parlors, The New York Times cited local officials.
At least eight people were shot and killed late Tuesday night at massage parlors around the Atlanta metropolitan area of ​​the US state of Georgia. Police have detained 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, the suspected gunman.
He was also charged with one count of aggravated assault in connection with a prolonged shootout.
Authorities said four of the four murder cases and assault charges stemmed from the first shooting incident in Cherokee County, and the remaining four murder counts were linked to the shootings at two massage parlors in downtown Atlanta shortly after.
The tragedy caused resentment and fear in the Asian-American community as the shootout claimed the lives of six women of Asian descent, although the suspect once denied racial bias in custody, the newspaper said.

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