A CBS News correspondent assigned to the White House went to Twitter to express outrage after an unnamed White House official allegedly referred to COVID-19 as the “Kung-Flu.”
Jiang, who describes herself as a “Chinese-born West Virginian,” claimed
the comment was made on Tuesday, and wasted no time in taking it to social media- and making it all about her.
“This morning, a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the ‘Kung-Flu’ to my face,” she wrote. “Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.”
While anything related to the Trump Administration will naturally draw outrage from a certain segment of the US population, the tweet got a mixed response.
“Not serious about handling #coronavirus,” tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who once told a gun owner that resistance over any gun confiscation “would be a short war” because the US government has nuclear weapons. “Racist in general.”
Others pointed out that the moniker simply derives from the virus’s origin in China, and that other diseases – such as the West Nile Virus- are similarly named.
“It DID start in Wuhan, China,” @Captmattrtrhead wrote. “It WAS covered up by the Chinese Communist Party for a month. So yeah, I think they deserve some credit.”
The comment led to a series of bizarre false equivalancies.
“Glad y’all have just decided to take your hoods off so we can see your faces,” wrote @stellas2ndact.
“Yes saying where a virus is from is the same as being in the Klan,” Travis Garber sarcastically replied. “Great job.”
It should be noted that Jiang seems to have an obsession with President Donald J. Trump, frequently criticizing him in a personal and biased manner that is outside of what many deem to be acceptable behavior for one who is supposed to report the news.
“I asked Trump if he would be okay with someone telling the First Lady to go back to her country,” she tweeted earlier today. “He did not answer.”
“Why is someone who’s supposed to be an objective observer getting all personal? “ replied @MissLoralei. “You’re a terrible journalist.”
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