Warren blurs out ‘Chinese’ in tweet criticizing Trump’s response to coronavirus
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) posted an image of one of President Trump’s tweet on the coronavirus on Thursday, blurring out the word “Chinese,” which the president has repeatedly used in reference to COVID-19.
In her comment, the former presidential candidate criticized the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, citing shortages of medical supplies and telling him to “stop dragging your feet & burying your head.”
President Trump, are your eyes stitched shut? Hospitals need test kits, ventilators, & other medical supplies. That’s why the DPA exists. Stop dragging your feet & burying your head & start helping hospitals that are about to be slammed by this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/9bb4Bl05ob
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 19, 2020
The president has refused to stop referring to the coronavirus as a “China” or “Chinese” disease, saying the terminology is “not racist at all.”
“It comes from China. That’s why. I want to be accurate,” Trump said Wednesday when asked about criticism of his phrasing. “It is not racist at all … China tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped — that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen. That is not going to happen, as long as I am president. It comes from China.”
Warren has been critical of the administration’s handling of the coronavirus in the U.S., signing a letter with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several Democratic colleagues calling for answers about test kit shortages on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, she sent a separate letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting clarification from Director Robert Redfield about whether the agency would commit to issuing free test kits and treatments for uninsured Americans suffering from the coronavirus.