It's the politics of distraction. Want to distract from your administrations failings in this crisis? Highlight the failings of somebody else. It's not exactly a new political device but to be fair to Donald it's something he excels at.In the daily news conferences in updating the corona virus crisis, Pres Trump is routinely asked once or twice by MSM reporters why does he label the virus as the Chinese virus. The implication is that its racist to do so and even more sinister it may lead to nasty anti Asian American protests and confrontations. As an aside considering that this virus is highly contagious and is spread by human to human contact it would be foolhardy for those prone to violence to confront the said Asian Americans, actually anyone for that matter.
So tell me how many deaths from the virus would have been averted had Pres Trump refrained from labeling this pandemic as the Chinese virus? Huh? Yeah exactly. There is a good reason for the President to insist on identifying the virus as such aside from the fact the virus did indeed originate in China. By continually calling this disease the Chinese virus it reminds Americans and the rest of the world for that matter of the inhumane and criminal acts by the Chinese Communist Party aka the Chinese government in dealing with the outbreak of this virus. In case you’re unaware, China kept the world in the dark for at least three weeks at time of the outbreak of this decease and even refused medical assistance from outside China. All medical experts aver that had China acted properly this virus could have been contained better and many lives could have been saved.
It is obvious the Chicoms don’t care a fig for the health safety of its own citizens never mind the rest of the world. It is more concerned about saying face than saving people. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you have buried your head in the sand. You probably have already if you indeed take offence whenever Pres Trump refers to this disease as the Chinese virus. As I’ve said before your hatred for Pres Trump robs you of intellectual discernment.
I have lived in Northern Ireland for over forty years.So I am fully aware idiots don't need much encouragement to be idiots. But at the same time it is best not to encourage them. Words matter. Language matters. Especially in times of tension. If a minority community is feeling vulnerable the job of politicians - indeed surely any human being - should be to try and reduce that vulnerability not increase it.
Indeed as politics in the US increasingly often looks like politics in Northern Ireland for the last forty odd years (this is not a compliment btw) I'm also fully aware of the concept that if something winds up the "other side" it must be by default a "good thing".And "Chinese virus" certainly qualifies. But it isn't necessarily true.Back in the day around half of Asian Americans voted for Ronnie Reagan.At the last mid terms that figure for the GOP was thought to be around 23%. This is the fastest growing electoral demographic in the United States of America.
As you correctly point out a virus doesn't care what it's called.It couldn't give a monkeys about the politics of distraction or the latest episode in America's fairly tedious Culture Wars.The only thing that will stop it is science (which I imagine must be a fairly uncomfortable thought for some in power in the US these days). And Donald doesn't really do strategy he operates on instinct - which to be fair has worked out very well for him. He doesn't care about the future of the GOP or of American conservatism - in fact I would go as far to say that anyone who believes he cares about much beyond Trump, well, would be someone with their head buried in the sand.
But I posted earlier in this thread about Bernie that principles without power were fairly pointless. The GOP lost the African American vote with its (still ongoing) attempts to undermine the Civil Rights Acts. It has been doing some remarkable work in recent years to lose the Hispanic American vote. And now it seems to be ignoring the fears of Asian American voters. It will soon just be left with voters who look like Donald J Trump (except maybe slightly less orange).LBJ once said the most important skill in politics is being able to count.I imagine he would get a hell of a lot of enjoyment from the GOP's current course.....