The Biden campaign just released a new ad blaming Trump for failing to contain Coronavirus by not being hard enough on the Chinese government.
There’s only one problem. Coronavirus didn’t come to New York, the center of the pandemic in America, from China. It came to New York from Europe (and from New York here to New Jersey).
New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.
“The majority is clearly European,” said Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who co-wrote a study awaiting peer review.
So why isn’t the Biden campaign blaming rich white jet setters with condos in Manhattan and beach houses in the South of France? Well, we know why. He works for these people. Drumming up hostility against the Chinese is good for the American arms industry. I suppose Biden is also pretty reluctant to play the Russiagate card. After all, his son got a no work job from the Ukrainian government. The last thing he wants to focus on this fall is Eastern Europe.
I’m also seeing a disturbing number of “Sinophobic but Woke” articles coming from black writers in the United States. I doubt any of this is coordinated. But since the Biden campaign, which was pushed over the top by black voters in South Carolina, is now running a “Yellow Peril” campaign against Trump, it’s certainly no accident. This guy can barely contain his glee that Chinese Americans, who he sees as more “privileged” than black Americans, are being targeted by racists.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the one-time stable existence of Chinese Americans and flipped it on its head. The social and economic security they once had in the U.S. has suddenly devolved to one of uncertainty and fear. Walking down a city street on a nice day has a new meaning for our Asian American friends. Occasional looks of disgust greet them as they stroll along their way, minding their own business. They are accosted by random strangers who hurl racial slurs-and in some instances, even violent attacks. People grab their belongings and distance themselves in public, as if they present an immediate danger to their personal safety.
Welcome to the life of a Black person in America. https://medium.com/@lartist580/chinese-americans-are-learning-what-its-like-to-be-black-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-68bb71406db4
Needless to say none of this is going to work for the Democrats. Whether or not Biden manages to beat Trump this Fall, he’s not going to do it by crude appeals to Xenophobia. If the voters want racism, they’re going to vote for Trump, not some lame Democratic Party attempt to accuse him of being “soft on China.” Do Bernie Sanders and Noam Chomsky really want me to vote for this?