MSNBC’s unhinged political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that referring to the coronavirus as as “Chinese virus” is racist and puts Asian-American “lives at risk.”
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The fearmongering from Jean-Pierre didn’t stop there, she also lied on air without any pushback from the network, and claimed that President Donald Trump had called the coronavirus a “hoax.”
“It is incredibly dangerous, it is problematic, and it is scary. And I just really want to call that out because you do have people in the Asian-American community whose lives are at risk. And for the President to call it a Chinese virus or a foreign virus, that is not — it’s just so dangerous and not a good thing to do, obviously,” Pierre said.
Racism in an outbreak is common but the problem is that it's coming directly from the President of the United States.
It's dangerous, problematic, and scary.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 17, 2020
“So, here’s the thing — the other thing, too, John, is that in a public health crisis, you need the president, you need our leaders to be consistent and Donald Trump has not given us consistency. One week it’s a hoax, one week it is a crisis, and then the next week we have a somber, very focused Donald Trump and then five hours later he is like a wrecking ball on Twitter. And again, that is dangerous, that is scary and that is not helpful,” Jean-Pierre said without any correction from the host.
Of course, referring to the virus by the country it originated from is not racist, but MSNBC doesn’t really care about historic norms and traditions. We anxiously await their meltdowns when they find out about Lyme Disease.