The former first lady is taking aim at Trump for his rhetoric surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
“The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis,” Clinton tweeted, adding, “Don’t fall for it. Don’t let your friends and family fall for it.”
The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis.
Don't fall for it. Don't let your friends and family fall for it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020
Clinton’s comments come just after Trump defended calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”
During a press conference, Trump claimed that China was putting out information that the United States military had spread the virus to China. He responded to China’s claim.
“I have to call it where it came from, it did come from China,” Trump said, adding, “So I think it’s a very accurate term.”
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Trump proceeded to address a reporter’s claim that critics say using that term creates a stigma.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”
This is not the first time Clinton went after Trump over his response to the coronavirus.
Clinton tweeted a list of all of the measures the president should be taking to combat the virus, as IJR previously reported.
“I know this is all hard for you, [Donald Trump], so let me spell it out,” Clinton tweeted.
She also appeared on CNN to discuss Trump’s overall performance thus far and claimed he had “some very serious missteps,” as IJR previously reported.
Trump has announced developments surrounding efforts to combat the coronavirus including closing the U.S.-Canada border to nonessential travel. In recent days he announced his support to send money to Americans to help relieve the economic impact the virus is having on the nation.
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