Trump: Apologize for Racist Remarks Linking Asian Communities With Coronavirus

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Apologize for racist language that links coronavirus to Asian communities.

At a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his presidential re-election, President Trump made racist comments while speaking about the novel coronavirus outbreak. The president said, “China sent us the plague.” He also went on to describe the pandemic as the “kung flu,” a phrase that has been used to refer to the novel coronavirus because of its initial devastating outbreak in China. The phrase has been largely vilified by civil liberties groups that have warned that the use of monikers for the virus that link it to Asian communities can inspire racism against Asian Americans.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak has been discussed globally, the president has repeatedly referred to the virus, which is not biologically linked to any ethnicity or race, as the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.” Previous to his rally in Tulsa, Trump has defended his use of racially-charged language to refer to the virus, linking it explicitly to China. In a briefing in March, the president argued that he uses these terms in order to be factually accurate, saying that they are “not racist at all” because “it [the virus] comes from China.” Trump has said, “I want to be accurate.”

The World Health Organization has spoken out against the use of language and terms the link the virus to China in order to avoid stigmatization. Sign this petition to urge President Trump to apologize for his use of racist language at his rally and to commit to using scientifically accurate language when speaking about the coronavirus.


Dear President Trump,

At your rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you referred to the novel coronavirus as the “kung flu.” This language is racist and is a danger to all Asian Americans who have faced discrimination and violence in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The term not only connects the virus to Asian people, which is factually inaccurate, as people of all races and ethnicities are at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, but also jokes about martial arts and Asian culture in general.

During these trying times you must seek to unite Americans, not divide. I urge you to publicly apologize for your racist language used at Tulsa and to commit to using scientifically accurate language when speaking about the coronavirus.


[Your Name Here]

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