Trump sued for calling Covid-19 ‘China virus’

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been sued by a civil rights group for calling Covid-19 a “China virus.”

The complaint, filed in court in New York by the Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition, alleged that Trump’s use of that phrase and other similar racist slurs is “baseless” since the origin of the coronavirus is not yet determined and the former president’s conduct harmed the Chinese American community.

Trump’s “extreme and outrageous conduct was carried out throughout the pandemic with reckless disregard of whether such conduct would cause Chinese Americans to suffer emotional distress,” said the suit.

The pandemic has led to a spike in violence against Asian Americans — a sizable portion of them Americans of Chinese descent — which activists have blamed on Trump’s rhetoric.

The suit alleged Trump continued to use those derogatory words to refer to the coronavirus even as he knew it didn’t necessarily come from China.

The complaint, filed in court in New York by the Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition, alleged that Trump’s use of that phrase and other similar racist slurs is “baseless” since the origin of the coronavirus is not yet determined and the former president’s conduct harmed the Chinese American community.

Trump’s “extreme and outrageous conduct was carried out throughout the pandemic with reckless disregard of whether such conduct would cause Chinese Americans to suffer emotional distress,” said the suit.

The pandemic has led to a spike in violence against Asian Americans — a sizable portion of them Americans of Chinese descent — which activists have blamed on Trump’s rhetoric.

The suit alleged Trump continued to use those derogatory words to refer to the coronavirus even as he knew it didn’t necessarily come from China.

Source: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1141143

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