Pelosi Denies Downplaying Coronavirus By Encouraging Tourists To 'Come To Chinatown'
House Speaker is played clip of her in Chinatown
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the idea that she downplayed the deadly coronavirus earlier this year by inviting tourists to walk through Chinatown in San Francisco.
The House Speaker was interviewed on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace,” where she was grilled about her "walking tour around Chinatown” to promote tourism.
Pelosi was then played a clip where she assured Americans that “everything is fine here.”
“If the president underplayed the threat in the early days, Speaker Pelosi, didn’t you as well?” Wallace asked.
“No!” Pelosi replied.
“What we were trying to do is end the discrimination, the stigma that was going out against the Asian-American community."
"In fact, if you will look, the record will show that our Chinatown has been a model of containing and preventing the virus, and I’m confident in our folks there and thought it was necessary to offset some of the things that the president and others were saying about Asian-Americans and making them a target. A target of violence across the country.”
Wallace asked Pelosi if she thought she was “adding to this perception that there wasn’t such a threat generally” by assuring Americans that “it’s perfectly safe" and walking around “without any masks."
“No,” Pelosi said.
“No, I was saying that you should not discriminate against – discriminate against Chinese-Americans, as some in our administration were doing, by the way, they were labeling the flu and that."
"No, indeed. And again, I think you – if you check the record, and it’s current, you will see that Chinatown has been a model in all of this.”
“And that’s what we’re saying, look to them for answers. Don’t look to them to place blame.”
As NewsThud reported, on February 24th, while touring San Francisco’s Chinatown, Pelosi encouraged the public to come out and visit.
“It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time to be able to be unified with our community,” Pelosi said
“We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people ‘Come to Chinatown. Here we are, careful, safe and come join us.’”
The House Speaker's visit came just weeks after President Donald Trump announced a partial travel restriction on people entering America from China.
The Democratic National Committee accused Trump of stoking “the flames of racism" by apparent discrimination against Chinese-Americans,
“In this time of crisis, we must come together as Americans,” the DNC tweeted.
“Donald Trump has instead stoked the flames of racism by calling #COVID19 the ‘Chinese virus’ and equating Chinatowns in the United States with China. Words have consequences. And Trump’s words are dangerous.”