It’s not a great day for the Texas delegation when our senior U.S. Senator is called out by the world-renowned anti-hate-group SPLC for “pushing anti-China coronavirus rhetoric”. Yet here we are.
Political reactions to the coronavirus pandemic have been mired with xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment, much of which has come from the Trump administration and other government officials. Trump has referred to it as the “China Virus” on Twitter. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a Trump supporter and former Senate majority whip, made ethnocentric comments in an interview, saying it was no surprise the virus was traced back to China “because of some of the cultural practices there.”