Former US President Donald Trump has been sued by a Chinese-American civil rights
group for calling Covid-19 the “China virus”
In its federal complaint, the Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition (CACRC) alleges
that Trump repeatedly referring to the coronavirus as ‘Chinese virus’,
‘Wuhan virus’ and ‘Kung Flu’ while president caused an increase in crimes against
Chinese-Americans and Asian-Americans. Trump’s ‘extreme and outrageous conduct
was carried out throughout the pandemic with reckless disregard of whether such
conduct would cause Chinese Americans to suffer emotional distress,’ states the lawsuit
filed on Thursday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit,
first obtained by TMZ, claims that the origins of Covid-19 are still not clear and that
Trump knew that while making the derogatory remarks. It states that ‘words have
consequences… especially from those in powerful and influential positions’.
The suit further alleged that Trump continued to use those derogatory words to refer to
“The truth matters, words have consequences especially from those in powerful and
influential positions,” the complaint said.
“(Trump) intentionally repeated those defamatory words to serve his own personal
and political interest with astonishing level of actual malice and negligence, hence
severely injuring the Chinese/Asian Americans communities in the process.”
The CACRC is asking that $1 be paid to every Asian American and Pacific Islander living
in the US as an apology, which would total $22.9 million.
The plaintiffs said they would use the money to establish a museum that will showcase
the history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders communities and their contribution
to the US. Responding to the suit, Jason Miller, senior adviser for Trump, told The Hill
news website in a statement: “This is an insane and idiotic lawsuit that is specious at
best, and it will be dismissed if it ever sees a courtroom.
“It’s a complete joke, and if I was the lawyer that brought it I’d be worried about getting
The lawsuit was filed the same day when President Joe Biden also signed a bill that
addressed the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.