Hillary Clinton just can’t stay out of the political spotlight.
In the years since her 2016 loss to President Donald Trump, Clinton hasn’t held back from criticizing him at every opportunity — and that hasn’t changed, even amid a global pandemic. The former secretary of State wrote in a tweet Wednesday that Trump is “turning to racist rhetoric to distract” from his alleged failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., The Hill reported.
At least one Chinese official has since expressed support for Clinton’s sentiment.
“It is true,” Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian wrote Friday of Clinton’s assertion, according to Newsweek. “Justice always speak[s] loudly.”
A disinformation campaign
Clinton wrote Wednesday that “[t]he 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.”
“Don’t fall for it,” she added. “Don’t let your friends and family fall for it.”
Her tweet coincided with accusations from some in the liberal media that the president is being “racist” against Asians and Asian-Americans by repeatedly referring to the new coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, as the “Chinese virus,” as The New York Times notes.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Communist Party, which has been accused by Trump administration officials of spreading disinformation about the U.S. and its role in the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks, has latched onto this narrative of alleged racism.
In light of this and other dubious assertions from China and other countries around the world, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Americans last week “to go to trusted sources for their information.”
“There are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things President Trump has set into motion,” Pompeo said Friday, according to The Hill.
The big picture
Indeed, Hillary Clinton and the liberal American media figures who are insisting that President Trump is “racist” for using the term “Chinese virus” to accurately describe the origin of the deadly disease may think they are scoring political points — but those points are being scored for the wrong team in this international conundrum. The Chinese Communist Party would like nothing better than to escape its responsibility for the virus, though they didn’t do enough to contain it early on and failed to warn the rest of the world of its severity as it started to spread, as Trump administration officials have noted.
Still, Trump himself isn’t focused on the failures of China; rather, his priorities lie in keeping Americans safe. “Thanks to the spirit of our people, we will win this war, and we are,” the president said at a White House press briefing on Friday. “America will triumph and America will rise higher than ever before.”