President Donald Trump went back to referring to the coronavirus as the ‘kung flu’ at a campaign rally inside a church in Phoenix Tuesday after the White House rejected complaints about the racist phrase.
Trump trolled his critics by running through the long list of names for the virus that has killed 120,000 Americans, including calling it the ‘China virus,’ a term he briefly eschewed.
He made the comments inside the Dream City megachurch.
‘I said the other night, there’s never been anything where they have so many names. I could give you 19 or 20 names for that right?’ Trump said to cheering young supporters, days after using the term at his Saturday night rally in Tulsa.
‘It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung flu, yeah?’ Trump said.
‘It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung Flu, yeah?’ said President Trump, once again using the term ‘Kung-flu’ to refer to the virus
Donald Trump rally at Dream City Church Trump Arizona rally, Phoenix
The line earned cheers from the roughly 3,000 supporters who filled the church in north Phoenix.
Trump kept repeating the phrase, a day after White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fended off questions about why Trump would use it.
‘Kung flu. COVID-19. COVID,’ Trump continued.
‘I said what’s the nineteen? COVID-19. Some people can’t explain what that 19? COVID-19, I said, that’s an odd name. I could give you many, many names.’
‘Some people call it the Chinese flu. The China flu, right?’ Trump said. ‘They call it the China – as opposed to China. The China. I’ve never seen anything like it. But here’s the story, we are going to be stronger than ever before, and it’s going to be soon,’ he said.
Trump spoke at the Dream City Church in Phoenix
Trump spoke to about 3,000 people who tightly packed the church
Many young attendees wore hats, and some wore masks amid the coronavirus outbreak
President Donald Trump and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020
Trump drew cheers when he made his ‘Kung-flu’ remark
Donald Trump Jr. helped warm up the crowd
China has protested the use of the term. Scientists believe the virus mutated and jumped from animals to humans near the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Trump also called out White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who on Monday defended his use of the term, and said Trump doesn’t consider it racist.
‘The president does not believe that it is offensive to note that this virus came from China,’ she said.
Trump also blasted China for taking advantage of the U.S., but touted a deal where it agreed to buy U.S. farm products – which former national security advisor John Bolton charges came after Trump pleading for China to help his campaign.
‘The ink wasn’t dry when the plague flu in,’ Trump said, saying the ‘long, slow surrender’ was over.
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