Chinese American group sues Trump for calling COVID ‘China virus’

Former United States President Donald Trump is being sued by a Chinese American civil rights group over his use of the terms “Chinese virus”, “Wuhan virus” and “Kung Flu virus” during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to court documents (PDF) posted online, the Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition, a nonprofit organisation based in New York, filed the lawsuit against Trump on Thursday.

According to the suit, Trump’s statements during speeches and his postings on social media during the pandemic caused Chinese and Asian Americans “emotional distress” and led to an uptick in racially motivated violence against these communities across the country.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who is Black and Indian, discussed reports of stabbings, shootings and other attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals and their businesses since the start of the pandemic a little more than a year ago.

Harris said such incidents had increased sixfold in recent months.

After largely maintaining a low profile since losing re-election in November, Trump reportedly intends on resuming his signature rallies in June.

“We’ll be doing one in Florida, we’re going to do one in Ohio, we’re going to do one in North Carolina,” Trump told the conservative news outlet OAN on Thursday.

“We’ll be announcing them very soon over the next week or two,” Trump said.

These rallies will be his first public political events since speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

Trump has been indefinitely banned from several social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6.

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