Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang warned President Trump could use "racial terms" like "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus to Americans and then use the pandemic to frame China as a foreign threat to get reelected.
"It's heartbreaking what's happening to Asian-Americans around the country, and to me, this is one of the pivotal issues for Trump," Yang said in an interview with Yahoo! News. "If he can succeed at framing the coronavirus as the "China virus" and a foreign threat then it actually distracts from his incompetent leadership that led us to lose two crucial months of contact tracing and isolating patients that would have saved lives and in all likelihood would have mitigated some of this economic carnage that we're now living."
"It's not just wrong and evil to characterize this virus in racial terms," Yang said. "It's also going to be a key factor in whether he is successful in getting re-elected by making the case to the American people that this was somehow a foreign effort as opposed to a phenomenon that frankly, experts have been warning about for years ahead of time."