Sen. John Cornyn: "China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats & snakes & dogs & things like that, these viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the Swine Flu." pic.twitter.com/N4TIlGFqAL— The Hill (@thehill) March 18, 2020
Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., the chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, called Cornyn's comments “disgusting” and an attempt to “shift attention away from President Trump's truncated response” to the pandemic.
“Disparaging an entire ethnic group and culture like this is bigotry, plain and simple,” Chu told USA Today. “Blaming Chinese people en masse for the spread of this disease is the exact same bigoted line that was used to justify the Chinese Exclusion Act over a century ago.Beyond that, Cornyn's statement that MERS and Swine Flu originated in China is utter bullshit. While the first SARS cases were reported in China, Swine flu was first detected in the United States and MERS was first identified in Jordan, according to federal health officials.
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