Ex-President Barack Obama blasted his rival Republican chief executive Donald Trump. Last week during a virtual invitation-only fundraiser for Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden the former commander-in-chief cut loose.
The Hill reports:
Obama reportedly issued the strongest response yet to his successor’s referring to covid-19 as the “Kung Flu” telling supporters that such sentiments are completely inappropriate coming from a U.S. president.
“I don’t want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it’s funny. I don’t want that. That still shocks and pisses me off,” he stated.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed following the Tulsa rally, “The president doesn’t [use racist phrases]. What the president does do is point to the fact that the origin of the virus is China. It’s a fair thing to point out as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history, ridiculously blame the [outbreak] on American soldiers. This is what China is trying to do.”
The Washington Examiner told:
Since the start of this pandemic, Trump has used a variety of nicknames for the Wuhan virus to denote the outbreak’s origins in China, including “China virus.” Recently, he has taken to calling it the “kung flu.”
The president used the phrase during his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month. He used it again days later at an event in Arizona.
Senior counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway would say: “My reaction is that the president has made very clear that he wants everybody to understand, and I think many Americans do understand, that the virus originated in China.”
Yet apparently such rhetoric stirred something in the prior president. Long time Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said, “I don’t think he is hesitant. I think he is strategic. He has always been strategic about using his voice; it’s his most valuable commodity.” Clearly, many are still listening.