Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump’s Use of ‘Kung Flu’ by Attacking Asian-American Reporter
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway overturned her previous position that the use of the racist term "kung flu" was "extremely offensive" and defended the use of President Donald Trump on Wednesday while she was an Asian-American reporter bizarre attack because he didn't have the "courage" to a White House official who said the sentence months ago.
During a driveway in the White House with reporters on Wednesday morning, NBC news reporter Monica Alba immediately confronted Conway over the President's recent habit of denouncing the sentence and Conway's denunciation of the term in March, which the Trump advisor described as "wrong." discard is "married to an asian".
Meanwhile, Conway turned the question back to the press corps, apparently blaming CBS news reporter Weijia Jiang, who reported in March that a White House official described the novel coronavirus as "kung flu."
"I also asked Weijia to let us know who said it. I think that would have been a long way," Conway said to Alba before saying that the reporter should face Jiang.
However, Alba pushed forward and asked Conway if she would respond to Trump's repeated use of the loaded term, which prompted the President's aide to claim that Trump was only "very clear" that the virus came from China. Conway then squeezed Jiang to reveal her source.
"I'm still inviting you here to tell us who said that," Conway mocked the reporter. "And I think that would be a very important revelation for us. This is not a source that you can protect. This is someone who shouldn't have said that, and you claim that he said it, and we still don't know who that was. "
While Conway accused her of "changing the subject," Jiang noticed that Conway was saying the phrase was "hurtful" at the time, and asked Trump officials if she would tell the president now.
"I speak to the President on many different topics every day," Conway replied, prompting Jiang to ask if she would tell Trump that his use of "Kung Flu" was offensive.
"We don't always agree on everything, and that's why I work here," the experienced pollster said before moving on to another topic.
Moments later, however, Conway returned to the subject and defended the president, saying "it is incredibly important" that Trump "China does not escape responsibility here." Jiang wondered aloud whether Conway could explain the "logic" of how Kung Flu accomplishes this since it doesn't refer to a specific location.
"How do you know, excuse me, how do you know the way people do, how do you know that people don't anticipate or connect that?" Exclaimed Conway in a rising voice. "You don't know that! Excuse me, while the President says it, he also says that this virus comes from China. China is responsible!"
Interestingly, Conway refused to actually use the phrase, instead saying that Trump "said he called many different things," such as "the Wuhan virus, the Chinese virus, and then another term."
As Jiang continued to press Trump's embrace of the racist term, Conway finally blamed the CBS reporter's shoulders.
"You should have reported a hundred days ago when you had the chance. You missed your chance, you didn't have the courage to tell everyone who said that to you, ”Conway snorted. "You like to stir that up instead of solving it. I am here to solve things that do not stir them up. You have done the opposite in this matter. "
Conway, who addresses the issue, follows White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany, who is trying to ward off questions about the president using the racist term. Earlier this week, McEnany insisted that the president just wanted to point out where the virus came from, while accusing the media of "playing games with the terminology."
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