The MSM and Democrats have chosen to politicize the Wuhan virus, a tactic that will only generate more division, confusion, and panic.
Here we are in the midst of a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in America, and everyone is pulling together as a team to combat and beat this thing, right?
The mainstream media and Democrats have chosen to politicize the heck out of the virus instead, a tactic that will only generate more division, confusion, and panic.
Case in point, the rush to declare the use of the term “Wuhan virus” racist instead of referring to it as the coronavirus. They chose to do this even though the strain of coronavirus we’re dealing with stems directly from Wuhan, China:
But almost six weeks on, she is among the hundreds of students still stranded in the quarantined city [of Wuhan], desperate to return home — long after classmates from other nations were airlifted away from the coronavirus outbreak’s ground zero.
More than 20 countries have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first identified late last year.
On top of that, it’s relatively common to name a virus/disease after where it originated from:
-West Nile Virus
-Ross River Fever/river in Australia
-Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever/Omsk, Russia
-Lassa Fever/Lassa, Nigeria
-Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
-Lyme Disease/town in CT
-MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome)
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 10, 2020
All of a sudden, however, it’s “disgusting,” “astoundingly gross” and “racist” to note the Wuhan virus originates from China, said Democrats like Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, and journalists like NBC News correspondent David Gura:
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) March 10, 2020
Just astoundingly gross to call it the Wuhan Virus. https://t.co/cMrsA59xTH
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 9, 2020
Remember, not that long ago it was members of the mainstream media who referred to the virus as the “Wuhan virus:”
Those in the media have been the ones calling it "the Wuhan virus/coronavirus" for weeks, so I guess they were being racist/bigoted this whole time. pic.twitter.com/ibogMw3rK0
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 9, 2020
Dr. Eugene Wu, who fancies himself as a leader of “the Resistance,” also declared the use of the term Wuhan virus to describe the Wuhan virus as racist:
Most people call it the coronavirus.
Some call it Covid-19.
But only the most ignorant and racist among us would call it the Wuhan virus.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 9, 2020
But yet a month and a half ago, Wu sang a different tune:
As with any new disease, we must carefully monitor the Wuhan coronavirus and devote more resources into medical research to fight outbreaks like these. All indications so far are that the Wuhan coronavirus is not as severe or deadly as SARS or MERS. So that’s a good thing.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 24, 2020
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who is self-quarantining after interaction with someone at the CPAC conference last month with someone diagnosed with the Wuhan virus, noticed the media/left’s odd switch on calling it the “Wuhan virus” and tweeted about it:
Just astoundingly ignorant to have all major media refer to it as #WuhanVirus for months but somehow, today, you’ve decided that’s #racist. If you think this virus cares about your race you probably work for or watch MSNBC. Wuhan Virus. Wuhan Virus. Wuhan Virus. https://t.co/xOLD9XE8BT
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020
It’s almost as though public figures like Hayes and Wu who have done a complete flip flop on referring to the virus as the Wuhan virus have received talking points from the Chinese government or something:
French newspaper La Croix reported Monday that the “relentless Chinese propaganda machine” has launched an effort to deny the Chinese origin of the coronavirus. “In the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party, that China could have been singled out as the source of the coronavirus is unacceptable,” the paper said. “Everything that links China to the virus must be questioned and disappear from all history books.”
The French paper’s reporting comports with public statements from Chinese officials, including remarks from Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian that, “It is yet undetermined where the virus originated.”
The report comes after Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) warned in an op-ed that the Chinese, Russians, and Iranians were waging disinformation campaigns blaming America for the virus.
It appears some in the media and on the left are playing right along:
Why is it so important to refer to the Wuhan virus by its’ proper name?
It's actually very important we continue to refer to COVID19 as the Wuhan Virus
The Chinese government is working overtime to blame the CIA and anyone else for their failings. The name should indicate exactly where it came from so they can't gaslight future generations
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 9, 2020
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