“The pandemic has unleashed familiar forces of hate, fear and xenophobia that he always flames … that have always existed in this society,” Biden said in a speech on Monday, The Hill reported. “But this president brought it with him, has brought with it a new rash of racial messages, verbal and physical attacks and other acts of hate, some subtle, some overt, against the Asian American and Pacific Islanders.”
“The AAPI community deserves better than a president who never ever misses an opportunity to stoke innuendo and fan the flames of hate,” Biden said in a virtual address to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Victory Fund.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee ripped in the speech, interrupted several times by the honking of geese on his property, for being slow to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, saying he has only provided “denials, delays and distractions, many of which were nakedly xenophobic.”
But Democrats accused the president of encouraging racism against Asian Americans when he was referring to the pandemic as the “Wuhan virus” and insisting China be held responsible for the devastation it has caused.
“We deserve better than a president who aggressively and childishly insults Asian American reporter. Think of that, the president of the U.S. for the whole world to see, insults an Asian American reporter in the Rose Garden for doing her job and asking a direct question. You deserve a partner and a friend in the White House,” Biden said.
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She asked the president if he was referring to her specifically.