(Breitbart) – On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” former National Security Adviser Susan Rice stated that China does deserve some blame for how it handled the coronavirus outbreak, and “China is not behaving well in trying to blame this on the United States. But the flip side of it is, we are not behaving well when we talk about, as the president does every day, the Chinese virus, the Wuhan flu, and all of these racist descriptions.”
Rice said, “So, there’s a lot of blame to be placed on China in terms of how it handled its processes internally, how they treated their people, how they suppressed information. And certainly, China is not behaving well in trying to blame this on the United States. But the flip side of it is, we are not behaving well when we talk about, as the president does every day, the Chinese virus, the Wuhan flu, and all of these racist descriptions. The fact of the matter is, that viruses don’t know borders. They don’t respect borders. In 2009, the swine flu pandemic that swept the world, that was extremely deadly, in terms of lives ultimately lost, originated in North America. So, we need to get out of the business of blaming people for where viruses arise, which can arise anywhere on the planet, and get into the business of working together to defeat them. And my concern is, with all of the very bad blood now on this topic, among others, between the United States and China, we are not only deflecting from the imperative of getting our own act together here in the United States…but we are race-baiting, and we are making it much more difficult to rally other countries, not just China, but many other countries, to cooperate in this endeavor.”
Flashback: Alyssa Milano Demands Trump Stop Saying ‘Chinese Virus’: ‘You Racist Piece Of S**t’
Actress Alyssa Milano joined the chorus of mainstream media reporters accusing President Donald Trump of using racist language by repeating the term “Chinese virus,” while ignoring the members of the establishment media who used the terms “Chinese” or “Wuhan” coronavirus.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the Charmed actress and left-wing activist demanded that President Trump stop using the term. She also called the president a “racist piece of shit.” But the Hollywood actress omitted the fact that numerous media outlets have used terms like “Chinese coronavirus” and “Chinese virus” in their own coverage.
Stop calling it the “Chinese Virus,” you racist piece of shit. https://t.co/RSlxtefLqi
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 18, 2020
Reporters have used recent White House press briefings on the coronavirus to suggest that President Trump’s use of term “Chinese virus” is racist.
But the president has pushed back, saying that the term is accurate because the coronavirus originated in China. “Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why I want to be accurate,” Trump said on Wednesday.
China has launched a disinformation campaign attempting to obfuscate the origins of the coronavirus. One Chinese official claimed that the U.S. military introduced the coronavirus in China.
“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” the president said during a press conference on Tuesday.
When asked by a reporter if he thinks the term “Chinese virus” creates a stigma on Chinese people, the president replied: “I think saying our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”
Alyssa Milano failed to mention that many members of the establishment media used the terms “Chinese” or “Wuhan” coronavirus in their coverage before they started accusing the president of racist language.
More than 53 mainstream outlets have used either or both of those terms to describe the coronavirus. They include the CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNBC, Buzzfeed, Reuters, and Bloomberg.