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    • #303
      jkchisholm
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      Why does President Trump insist on calling it “the Chinese virus”? You might immediately think, “Well, he’s a racist individual,” or “Well, it did originate in East Asia.” Let’s try to think more critically about this.  Who is he talking to, and how would it benefit him to associate the word “China” with “virus.”  What does he want to gain by associating these two words?  What does he stand to lose if this association isn’t made?

    • #337
      Aleczia Harlan
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      By identifying it as a Chinese virus it would make sense that he is simply labeling it based on its country of origin. However, he is seldom referring to the virus by its identification COVID-19 and not nearly as frequently as he calls it “the Chinese virus”. This stands to reason that he has ulterior opinions or intentions. By labeling it “Chinese” it creates an objective focus and ties the virus, hardships, etc. to a physical location. This creates a scapegoat of sorts because regardless of the present situation in the country, you are able to pinpoint the source and present the toxic ideal that “this wouldn’t be happening anyways if it wasn’t for…” This gives Trump the flexibility to be held less accountable for his delayed response to the pandemic and general neglect of the country.
      If Trump is unable to condition the association of “Chinese” and “virus” then the focus on issues, sickness, and societal breakdown will be turned inward. The topic will not be “why did this start?” it will shift to “why isn’t this getting better?”

    • #341
      Christopher Brooks
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      I feel like by hearing “Chinese Virus” over and over it kind of makes you put all the blame on China. Like he’s trying to direct this virus (and all the hardships) on China. When saying this, his audience is America. However, it appears he is trying to convince himself too that there was nothing to take blame for. Yes, that was the country of origin, but it’s not solely in China. This virus spread throughout the world so by not saying COVID-19 it shows ignorance. Due to the world having so many questions and concerns about how COVID-19 happened, Trump benefits by saying “Chinese Virus” because this turns all the heads, shifts all the anger and attention to China. Which, in a way, leaves China to answer to it all.

      As we all know this Virus was known before the month of March. So there’s questions to Trump as to why we didn’t do what was necessary to combat it sooner. Like did it appear not severe at first or was it just something lower on the priority list ? Consequently, after all the chaos that has a occurred from this, Trump tries to gain supporters by associating these two words and stands to lose them if this association is not made.

      • #375
        jkchisholm
        Keymaster

        It sounds like you think he’s demonizing China. This can be effective if you are trying to deflect blame away from yourself in an argument. I agree that blaming China takes attention away from the U.S. gov’t’s relatively late response to the outbreak.

        • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by jkchisholm.
    • #352
      Helen Gordon
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      Trump says he calls the COVID the “Chinese Virus” because of it coming from China and that he is not trying to be racist. By doing this, he causes people to possibly place blame on Chinese people while talking to an American crowd. This instills xenophobia to the already racist or scared Americans during these hard times to take their upset feelings about how he handled the outbreak situation and shift it to someone else. About a week ago, a teen stabbed an Asian family at a store and people are thinking it was a hate crime based on Trump continuously calling the COVID outbreak the “Chinese Virus”.
      If the association was not made, Trump is seen as racists, spreading xenophobia and that he is trying to hide from the blame being thrown at him for not preparing for this outbreak sooner and not hiring a new pandemic response team after the original one left/was fired.

    • #354
      Rylee Ettinger
      Guest

      Trump gains by basically de-humanizing China. If he portrays this virus as a “Chinese” thing, then he can feel better, and Americans will feel better if we defeat the virus, almost as if we defeated the Chinese.

    • #357
      Cooper Arnett
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      I believe that referring to the coronavirus was a common practice early in the spread of the virus. It was an easy identifying attribute before the name “coronavirus” and “covid-19” became common place terms on a global level. The fact that media commonly referred to the coronavirus as “the Chinese Virus” made Trump believe that he can as well without being racist. However, the way Trump talks about “the Chinese Virus” seems as if he trying to shed blame on China for the current global pandemic. The lack of seriousness that Trump presented at the start of the coronavirus coming to America has gotten him in a hard position as the virus posses a threat to the health of the Americans nationwide. Trump thinks he can lessen his personal blame for this by pushing some blame towards China by not directly stating that it is China’s fault but by constantly linking the two together. However, I believe a lot of people are seeing through this tactic and he may be further held responsible as he is not focusing all his attention on flattening the curve in America.

      • #377
        jkchisholm
        Keymaster

        Why do you think Trump wants Americans want to feel like we’ve “defeated” the Chinese?

      • #379
        jkchisholm
        Keymaster

        Why do Americans “need to defeat the Chinese”?

    • #361
      Jacob Levin-Fay
      Guest

      Along with Democrats and the “fake news” media, China has been one of Trump’s go-to scapegoats throughout his presidency. His playbook could fit on one page, and each section would start with the word “blame;” pegging this pandemic as “Chinese” is par for the course. But, why? Why does Donald Trump seem to spend nearly all of his effort pointing fingers with vindictive purpose? In Mr. Trump’s world, everything is somebody’s fault, but nothing is ever his fault. Folks, you know that problem we’ve been having? Well, it’s because of those guys, and now that we know that, solving the problem will be a piece of cake. I think of Don Quixote–if the windmills are giants, he gets be the hero, but if they’re just windmills, he’s just some daffy, old screwball.

    • #378
      jkchisholm
      Keymaster

      Sounds like you’re honing in on one of Trump’s favorite rhetorical tactics! Demonization is a very effective rhetorical strategy…if you’re not a critical thinker!

      What is Trump’s problem with China, outside of the global pandemic?

    • #381
      David Tostenson
      Guest

      Concerning the Pinko Commie Chinese Flu:
      The remarks by the President, referring to COVID-19, is an attempt to remind the people that China is not an ally nor a good actor on the world stage. While there is obviously no designated nationality of the virus itself, it was the decisions made by the Chinese government that exacerbated the situation into the current worldwide pandemic crisis. By making claims that the virus was nothing out of the ordinary and allowing normal operations abroad, the world community was not prepared as they could be to combat the situation. The President is intent upon reminding the populous that our heavy reliance on China may not be in the best interest of our national security. By using the this terminology he hopes to gain the ears of patriotic Americans who believe we have the ability to be more self sufficient. This may be a powerful ploy as we have seen the Chinese refuse delivery of facemasks produced in their country, but owned by American company 3M. He may stand to lose a large part of his support by not calling it the Chinese Virus as it may be seen as folding to the Chinese Communist Party. The Twitter mob is extremely loud but extremely small, it is the silent majority that got him elected and retreating from his current stance may be seen as a betrayal.

    • #396
      Zavier Lucero
      Guest

      I think there are several reasons why President Trump is calling it “the Chinese virus”, one of which being that he is trying to shield himself from any blame that can be placed upon himself and the United States government. Trump was very late when recognizing the corona-virus as a serious issue, saying in many ways that it was not a big deal. He did this and it ended up being a huge deal that the country could have been more prepared for had he not shrugged it off for so long. Of course, in result he caught a lot of criticism and in order to deflect this he places the blame on someone else. Whether it came from China or not, I think he had ulterior motives for saying what he said. We have a rivalry with China right now as a country and I think whatever Trump can do to create a gap between us and them, he will do, including creating a negative connotation with the word China. It just came out though that he is going to stop using this term to describe the corona-virus. Although he still defends his using of the term, I think it shoes that what he was doing was wrong if he has chosen to halt using it.

    • #406
      Anna Lindsey
      Guest

      The United States has been caught flat footed with regards to the virus; dangerously low on respirators, ventilators and COVID-19 test kits among other deficiencies. It would appear that by his calling it the Chinese Virus he turns this into an us vs them argument. Focus has turned to who is to blame for the virus rather than how we can protect our citizens from the outcomes. His focus is on making it so regardless of how badly this virus savages our country, the blame will fall on China for being ground zero rather than the Trump Administration for not taking the necessary measures to protect us.

      As a result of his focus, he stands to lose the economy that he derives most of his legitimacy as a President from. In the wake of the build up of this virus, the economy has plummeted and stands to continue to shift down to recession. During the upcoming election, he will have nothing but a faltering economy and devastated citizenry to point to.

    • #425
      Jaydean Lavares
      Guest

      Trump is calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus” because he wants to put the blame on China and create xenophobia towards minorities. He is trying to take the blame away from the US by placing it on China because they did not handle the virus appropriately. He does not want anyone to think that it might have been the US government’s fault that the virus is here because they did not close the borders in time or quarantine anyone coming into the US. He is essentially trying to take the blame off of himself and place it on China. If he does not called it the Chinese Virus, then people will blame him for the virus reaching US soil.

    • #433
      Suvachira
      Guest

      I believe Trump’s insistence in calling COVID-19 “the Chinese virus” because he is trying to push the blame of COVID-19 onto a different country. Because it is spreading quickly and there isn’t a real known cure yet he may want to try to convince Americans that the issue is mainly in China/Asia. The connotation of “virus” is less concerning than”life-threatening disease” or “plague”. Virus’ are things that kids catch from school and get over quickly. So by combining “China” which insinuates that the virus is mainly in that area and “virus” which is a word describing a sickness kids get and get over quickly makes it seem like less of an issue.

    • #437
      Blake Morales
      Guest

      my belief is that the president is using the term “Chinese virus” because of the 2020 presidential campaign. the economy as a whole is doing amazing and has been during his time in office. now that the markets has gone further than anything we have dealt with since the 2008 housing crisis, Trump wants everyone to know the orgigin of the virus.

    • #474
      Katherine Foster
      Guest

      jkchisholm
      Keymaster
      Why does President Trump insist on calling it “the Chinese virus”? You might immediately think, “Well, he’s a racist individual,” or “Well, it did originate in East Asia.” Let’s try to think more critically about this. Who is he talking to, and how would it benefit him to associate the word “China” with “virus.” What does he want to gain by associating these two words? What does he stand to lose if this association isn’t made?
      Trump has made error after error in response to COVID-19. His administration also has bad relations with China of historic proportions. Blaming the Chinese for the virus is an easy scapegoat for his administration’s shortcomings because he has already been trash talking them for 3 years. You can argue that it is to unite the US against the Chinese and provide us with a more united front based off of mutual hate, and paired with the wartime rhetoric this would be more effective if half the population couldn’t see right through it. He is attempting to gain a re-election and approval, because he already has everything he needs to fight the virus in his hands, like the Defense Production Act that he refuses to use to produce critically needed supplies. He stands to lose an entire re-election if he cannot shift the blame for the failings of the federal government onto China and its citizens.

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