Illinois Gov Attacks 'Un-American' Trump for 'Racist Speech' on Coronavirus
Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker takes swipe at president during briefing
Illinois' Democrat governor has laid into Donald Trump over his handling of the coronavirus crisis, accusing the president of being "un-American" for using "racist speech."
Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) appeared to implicitly criticize President Trump during a Saturday briefing in Chicago regarding the response to the Chinese virus pandemic.
Pritzker outlined his forthcoming "stay-at-home" order for the Land of Lincoln and closed by blasting the rhetoric being used to describe the coronavirus that originated in China.
He called the characterization that COVID-19 is "tied to" any particular country "profoundly un-American."
"Let us remember that this virus is not tied to any specific ethnic group or race," Pritzker told reporters.
"People from every demographic, every race, ethnicity, gender or background have been infected," he said.
"Suggesting otherwise or engaging in racist speech or acts is one of the most profoundly un-American things that I can think of," the Democratic billionaire governor continued.
"The current crisis should drive home to all of us just how connected we all are.
"We can choose how we want to come out on the other side of this -- let's choose to be one Illinois."
Pritzker did not mention Trump by name, but the president has been widely lambasted by his critics who disagree with his moniker the "Chinese virus."
REPORTER: Why do you keep calling the coronavirus the "Chinese Virus"? There are reports of violence against Asian-Americans.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 18, 2020
TRUMP: "It comes from China. That's why." pic.twitter.com/rBXUVDHIcS
In response to a question from an ABC News reporter earlier this week, the president said the term is not racist.
"[The virus] comes from China. That's why -- I want to be accurate," he said.
A Chinese official wrongfully claimed the U.S. military had a role in the spread of the virus, he added.
"That can't happen. It's not going to happen.
"Not as long as I'm president; It comes from China."
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.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020
Don't fall for it. Don't let your friends and family fall for it.
Trump's 2016 Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, claimed on Twitter last week that he is using "racist rhetoric" to "distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on."
Illinois currently has 753 confirmed cases of the Chinese virus, according to FOX 32 in Chicago.