President Donald Trump was labeled “racist” for saying “ask China” to a reporter of Chinese descent during a Rose Garden press conference. The reporter in question, Weijia Jiang, asked why Trump does he need to speak about how much testing the United States is doing.
“Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?” asked Jiang. Trump responded with: “They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.”
As Trump attempted to call on the next reporter to ask their question, Jiang interrupted with “Sir, why are you asking that to me, specifically – that I should ask China?” Trump responded: “I’m not saying it specifically to anybody, I’m saying it to anyone that would ask a nasty question like that.”
Jiang continued to try and interrupt the President as he called on another reporter. The other reporter stepped up to the microphone to ask her questions. Trump then called on someone else because the reporter at the microphone took too long to respond, deferring her time to Weijia Jiang so she could continue to berate him. Apparently, the reporter at the microphone did not like Trump calling on someone else too much. So she continued to interrupt him just like Weijia Jiang. Trump then said “thank you very much to everyone” and left the stage.
Virtue Signalling Colleagues
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer immediately described the moment as an “ugly” ending to a press conference. Race, of course, was brought up. Talking heads all over the nation say that Trump is racist for telling a Chinese reporter to “ask China.” Which makes no sense because Trump has been hypercritical of China for years, even before his Presidency. His criticism is not directed at the Chinese people, but their corrupt Government.
One would think that the current US/ China trade war, the virus origin that has wrecked the globe, obvious intellectual property theft, spying (even at Mar-A-Lago), and more incidents from China should be enough to prove them as at least a bad global actor. But racism might be the more attractive thing to throw at the President’s feet.
Weijia Jiang is painted as some sort of victim here. But she is far from a victim. This is not her first confrontation with the President. A few weeks ago, she accused Trump of showing more concern for holding rallies than alerting the American people of a pending virus outbreak. Trump responded by letting her know he shut down travel from China against the wishes of the World Health Organization and many politicians. There were also no deaths from the virus in the US at the time (at least not officially recorded deaths.)
When Trump hit her with some facts during the previous exchange, she did not have much to respond with. Just a bunch of pseudo-hot-headed emotionalism to garner some attention.
Same Old, Same Old
That seems to be the modus operandi for television journalists nowadays. At least, quite a few of them. They attack any conservative from regular everyday people (CNN even threatened to doxx one) conservative politicians and of course their favorite money-making target – the Presidential administration. Weijia Jiang is no different than Yamiche Alcindor and Jim Acosta. Not brave, not deep, not anything other than an opportunist cashing in on the Trump Derangement Syndrome wave.