Ayanna Pressley says coronavirus causing a “rapid spreading of racism and xenophobia”

During a house hearing Thursday, “squad” member Ayanna Pressley said that the outbreak of coronavirus has led to a “rapid spreading of racism and xenophobia.”

Ayanna Pressley:

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen not only the spreading of the virus, but also a rapid spreading of racism and xenophobia.

We have witnessed at the highest levels, in fact, the Republican Party fanning irresponsibly these flames.

One colleague tweeted that ‘Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus.’

My district is home to nearly 32 percent foreign-born residents with more than a quarter immigrating from Asia.

This painful rhetoric has consequences. Restaurants across Boston’s Chinatown have seen up to an 80 percent drop in business, and I believe this has everything to do with the rapid spread of misinformation and paranoia. It is critical that we stand against these inciteful messages… in our communities.

Pressley was likely referring to Tom Cotton who tweeted:

@barronsonline discovered that the official number of Chinese coronavirus deaths could be predicted using a simple mathematical formula.

This coronavirus isn’t just contagious and deadly, it’s good at math as well.

That doesn’t happen in nature. They’re cooking their books.

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy also tweeted:

Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus can be found on one, regularly-updated website: http://coronavirus.gov

This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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