COVID19 is widely understood to have originated in China. We say widely understood, because this isn’t really in dispute.
Yesterday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy referred to COVID19 as the “Chinese coronavirus”:
Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus can be found on one, regularly-updated website: https://t.co/nGCCDVqcqe
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 9, 2020
Viruses don't have nationalities.
This is racist. https://t.co/edNDoe1LI9
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) March 10, 2020
Why does Ilhan Omar insist on calling the truth racist? Pointing out her anti-Semitism is racist. Denouncing Palestinian terrorists is racist. And calling a virus that originated in China a Chinese virus is racist.
Because Ilhan Omar is willfully ignorant and makes everything political.
Where did the virus come from?
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) March 10, 2020
They're usually named after their location, tho.
I bet even you knew that.
Or maybe not..you've never been particularly bright.
— Rachel ???? (@RaychelTania) March 10, 2020
Profoundly stupid. https://t.co/B8D4HftRyX
— monkeyboy10000 (@monkeyboy100001) March 10, 2020
China isn’t a race but whatevs
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 10, 2020
Wuhan isn't a nationality or a race. You're a moron. https://t.co/DMYcI2uiQk
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) March 10, 2020
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 10, 2020
March 7th story. Reuters and New York Times are racist.
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) March 10, 2020
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 10, 2020
Uhm the virus originated in China. It is perfectly factual to call it a "Chinese" virus. The more time our public officials are curled up in a fetal position screaming racism, the less time there is to deal with the issue. You need to get serious about your priorities.
— Rudy (@Rudy78417576) March 10, 2020
PJ Media’s Jim Treacher actually has a pretty good theory as to why lefties like Ilhan Omar are reacting so angrily to the virus being linked to China:
They don't want to talk about where this virus started and spread, because then they can't blame their domestic political opponents. https://t.co/dsqSeFI4eJ
— It's still 2016 apparently (@jtLOL) March 10, 2020
Sounds about right.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.