Trump Doubles Down On Calling COVID-19 'Kung Flu' In Phoenix Rally

President Donald Trump reused the term "kung flu" to refer to COVID-19 at a re-election rally in a church in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Trump used the term for the first time at his Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma - the first rally since the Corona virus began blocking. Trump spoke at the Students for Trump Convention at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday. There he scolded the "many names" of COVID-19.
"I said the other night that there has never been anything where they have so many names," said Trump, referring to his speech in Tulsa. "I could give you 19 or 20 names for it, right? It has all different names. Wuhan ... started. Coronavirus. "
Members of the crowd started shouting "Kung Flu" and Trump ran with it.
"Kung flu," Trump said, repeating the sentence twice. "COVID-19 ... I said what the 19 is ... Some people can't explain what the 19 is ... I said this is a strange name. I could give you many, many names. Some People call it Chinese flu, China flu ... China. I've never seen anything like it. "
A sea of ​​jubilation broke out when Trump said "kung flu," and footage of the event, which has been released on social media, shows members of the audience rising from their seats for a standing ovation.
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#PresidentTrump speaks to the fans @dreamcitychurch at the #PhoenixTrumpRally @ realDonaldTrump rally this afternoon. @azcentral @USATODAY @usatodayvideo
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Trump's confusion about the "19" in COVID-19 - which refers to the identification of the disease in 2019 - caused quick ridicule on social media. Other commentators - particularly members of the Asian American community, from CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang to former presidential candidate Andrew Yang - focused on his continued use of the "kung flu". The term was even rejected by the White House advisor, Kellyanne Conway, who initially called the term "extremely offensive" before withdrawing from direct criticism of Trump in recent press conferences.
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UPDATE: At his rally in Tulsa, President Trump called #Coronavirus "kung flu".
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This morning, a White House official called #Coronavirus "Kung Flu". I wonder what they call it behind my back.
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The president used the phrase only twice - twice - during a speech to students in Phoenix.

The crowd cheered.
Trump was happy about the feedback.

He often tests material at rallies like a stand-up comedian, and it seems that this will be part of his act.
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The President of the United States can routinely refer to the coronavirus as kung flu because Asian Americans have very little power and representation in the media or government. We are at the mercy of those who have this power, and they could hardly give two shits over us.
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Go ahead @realDonaldTrump and keep saying racist things like Kung Flu. The vast majority of Americans are offended by their enjoyment of racist commentary. Also, slowing down the # COVID__19 tests is stupid, causing more lives to be lost.

We'll see you in November. # WednesdayWisdom
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Andrew Yang

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Trump, who calls COVID-19 "kung flu", is stupid, racist, and part of the reason he loses this election in an increasingly humiliating way. His material is no longer just self-destructive.
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George Takei

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At a rally in Phoenix, the president just doubled his racist tenure as "kung flu".

I would like to say the following:

The families of the 123,000 Americans killed by the virus deserve respect and compassion, not ridiculous jokes, and criminal negligence on the part of this government.
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The term "kung flu" has become popular after Trump's use, although it did exist before the president said it at his last rallies. In March Donald Trump Jr. recorded an Instagram video with the words "The Kung-Flu Kid", in which America turns off China in a martial arts tournament. The video is attributed to American AF, a company that sells American-themed clothing. An online search conducted by Media Matters revealed that the company was selling T-shirts labeled "Kung-Flu Kid".
Asian Americans have condemned both the term and Trump's insistence on using it. Andy Kang, executive director of the non-profit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, told NBC News that the president's rhetoric would only "cause xenophobic scapegoat and violence."
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