Hillary Snaps At Trump For Saying ‘Chinese Virus,’ White House Quickly Responds

Hillary Clinton has yet another criticism for President Trump, this time regarding the name of the ongoing global pandemic.

Clinton is not the president, having lost in both 2008 and 2016, but claims Trump is setting a bad example in office when he refers to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, as the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.”

These terms are “racist,” according to the former first lady, who expressed her criticism in a tweet.

“The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis,” she tweeted.

Clinton added: “Don’t fall for it. Don’t let your friends and family fall for it.”

President Trump has referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” on multiple occasions, most recently defending his use of the term during a White House presser on Wednesday evening.

“I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus,” he said per ABC News.

The president said the term is “not racist at all” as the disease “comes from China.”

Liberal talk show hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel shared in Clinton’s criticism.

Colbert said it is “a very racist term.”

“A great way to prevent a virus from spreading is to name it something racist,” Kimmel added in another video.

The White House and several others defended the president online, noting many viruses are referenced by their place of origin.

“Spanish Flu. West Nile Virus. Zika. Ebola. All named for places,” the White House said in a tweet. “Before the media’s fake outrage, even CNN called it ‘Chinese Coronavirus.’”

“Those trying to divide us must stop rooting for America to fail and give Americans real info they need to get through the crisis,” it added.

Here are some more responses: