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Shapiro explains what most of us already understand. But does a much better job of it than I ever could.

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Coronavirus Is the 'Chinese Virus'

This week, President Donald Trump came under fire for his use of the phrase "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus, the source of the new pandemic that has led to a global economic shutdown as well as lockdowns of citizens in every major Western country. That media have somehow found time to hone in on the one issue that matters least -- the labeling of a Chinese virus as such -- in the middle of an unprecedented planetwide freeze demonstrates the utter unseriousness of those objecting. That the term should be controversial at all is nearly beyond belief. The virus did indeed originate in China. Most of all, that the Chinese government should be shielded in any way from the results of its own pathological and tyrannical misgovernment is perverse beyond measure.

Make no mistake: The Chinese government is chiefly responsible for the explosion of this pandemic. The so-called wet markets of China -- the meat markets that often include wild animals ranging from snakes to pangolins -- exist for a variety of reasons, ranging from price to superstitious belief in medicinal properties of exotic animals. According to Zhenzhong Si, research associate at the University of Waterloo, "Eating wild animal is considered a symbol of wealth because they are more rare and expensive." Whatever the rationale, the communist Chinese government has been exceedingly tolerant of such markets, even though they have now been responsible for the spread of coronavirus, SARS, bird flu, Asian flu and swine fever. The Chinese government has been similarly tolerant of treatment via traditional Chinese medicine rather than evidence-based medicine, which has increased the risk of such diseases.


The same Chinese government now being praised for its extraordinary crackdown on its own citizens -- the same government that is said to be imprisoning up to a million Uighurs for no specific crimes -- has been unwilling for decades to stop the selling of exotic animals. Authoritarianism obviously doesn't apply to the most obvious solution to a bevy of possible epidemics.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government acted early to shut down the spread of information about the coronavirus, which paved the way for freedom of travel by carriers of the disease. When ophthalmologist Li Wenliang told fellow doctors about coronavirus in an online chat room in December, he was forced to swear by the Chinese government that he had been making "untrue statements." He ended up dying of the disease. When further information began to emerge about the coronavirus, the communist government simply lied about it, suggesting that case numbers were not rising -- a lie bought by the World Health Organization.

Even now the Chinese government continues to spread propaganda suggesting that the coronavirus originated in the United States. Lijian Zhao, deputy director-general of the Information Department of China's Foreign Ministry, tweeted a link to an article he claimed had "Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US." And is it truly believable that China had just 127 diagnosed cases of coronavirus between March 9 and March 16, even as the Chinese government expels American journalists en masse from both China and Hong Kong?

Once this is all over, it's far past time for Americans to have a serious discussion about the extent to which openness to China ought to be curbed. The Trump administration should consider a travel ban on China until China has verifiably shut down its exotic animals markets, at the very least. The current crisis will cost millions of American jobs, millions more of Americans' savings and thousands of American lives. To trust the Chinese government after a global betrayal of this magnitude would not only be foolish; it would be immoral.
https://townhall.com/columnists/bens...recip=20684376
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A racist take designed to make Trump's too little, too late move of limiting travel from China look like he was on top of this when he clearly wasn't.
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A racist take designed to make Trump's too little, too late move of limiting travel from China look like he was on top of this when he clearly wasn't.
And just like clockwork, there is our resident purveyor of all things "racist". Don't bother arguing any of the facts presented in the article, just throw down the race card. Typical of trolls.
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A racist take designed to make Trump's too little, too late move of limiting travel from China look like he was on top of this when he clearly wasn't.
And yet other Democrats said Trump was being to hasty limiting travel, AND said IT was a racist thing to limit travel from certain countries.

So were those Democrats right? Or are you right? Actually you are both right, because it doesn't really matter what Trump does, you will slam him for it.

I'm sure the media already has their lines of attack written depending on the outcome of the virus.

Cause we all know damn well you will attack him no matter what he does or doesn't do.
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Here is a related example...

Hypocrisy 101...Uses a phrase and THEN tells everyone that very same phrase shouldn't be used...



The narrative is that decades of history NEEDS to be whitewashed so present terms can be used as a hammer to attack Trump...

It's weak, hypocritical, and obvious...
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A racist take designed to make Trump's too little, too late move of limiting travel from China look like he was on top of this when he clearly wasn't.

Ths race card is getting as stinky as Pelosi's and Schumer's two brain cells.
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https://townhall.com/columnists/bens...recip=20684376
we called it the Spanish flu. come to find out it may have originated on a midwestern farm and boys there called to war took it to Europe themselves and brought it back in spades after the war.
but that was the early 1900s. we have evolved since then as human beings. and we keep evolving toward good. some people hate that.
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we called it the Spanish flu. come to find out it may have originated on a midwestern farm and boys there called to war took it to Europe themselves and brought it back in spades after the war.
but that was the early 1900s. we have evolved since then as human beings. and we keep evolving toward good. some people hate that.
It was called the Spanish flu because it was the Spanish media that first began to report on it. It originated in France in 1918.
https://www.history.com/news/why-was...he-spanish-flu

Have you ever heard of MERS? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Is it racist to refer to MERS as MERS?
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html

How about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Named for the area where it was prevalent since the 1920's.
https://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/stats/index.html

China is not a race, it's a country. Middle East is not a race it's a region. The Rocky Mountains are not a race, it's an area in North America. Referring to COVID-19 as the Chinese or Wuhan virus is no more racist than the other virus names.

My advice is to quit listening to the left worry about if someone calls the virus something they don't like and worry more about what you can do to quit repeating the garbage that you hear from your masters.
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The bottom line is that calling this the Chinese Virus is an intentional campaign of Trump and his minions trying to shift blame from the administration’s gross negligence in their initial handling of the crisis. We’ve seen multiple examples of Asian Americans being bullied and attacked because idiots are blaming them for the emergency, and Trump’s attempts to brand this as China’s failure is just encouraging more of it. And he has the gall to claim that Asian Americans support his calling it the Chinese virus.
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The bottom line is that calling this the Chinese Virus is an intentional campaign of Trump and his minions trying to shift blame from the administration’s gross negligence in their initial handling of the crisis. We’ve seen multiple examples of Asian Americans being bullied and attacked because idiots are blaming them for the emergency, and Trump’s attempts to brand this as China’s failure is just encouraging more of it. And he has the gall to claim that Asian Americans support his calling it the Chinese virus.
Right. So we should never again use the term Rocky Mountain Fever because people will try to bully anyone from Colorado.
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