President Donald Trump angered celebrities, leftists, and reporters after he said during a campaign rally on Saturday that some people called the coronavirus the “Kung-flu.”
“Its a disease without question has more names than any disease in history,” Trump said. “I could name Kung-Flu, I could name nineteen different names.”
Trump spoke about the coronavirus during a campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday night.
That angered many verified users on Twitter who quickly condemned the term as racist and appeared furious that President Trump used it.
The term became widely known after CBS reporter Weijia Jiang said that someone in the White House called the coronavirus the “Kung-Flu” to her face.
The president also repeated the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus, reminding the audience that it came from China.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) June 21, 2020
Trump just called coronavirus “kung-flu” in an obvious moment of racism.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) June 21, 2020
Trump uses the racist term “Kung Flu” to describe the coronavirus.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 21, 2020