On the 38th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder. From Politico:
President Donald Trump’s top spokesperson on Monday defended his use of the term “kung flu” to describe the novel coronavirus has sickened millions across the globe, asserting that the president was merely trying to emphasize the virus’ place of origin in China.
“The president does not believe that it is offensive to note that this virus came from China,” McEnany said Monday when asked about Conway’s condemnation of the term.
It is predictable that an increasingly desperate Trump campaign would resort to xenophobic and racist rhetoric. However, now when anti-Asian American harassment is at a recent all time high as blame for the Covid19 crisis is apportioned to China, we should remember how stoking hatred can lead to unfortunate consequences  (even abuse against the doctors helping treat Covid19 victims)
As an example, I’ll reprint part of an earlier post:
On June 23, 1982, Vincent Chin (no relation) died from injuries suffered after he was beaten outside the bar where his bachelor party was taking place, in Highland Park, Michigan, by Chrysler plant superintendent Ronald Ebens, with the help of his stepson, Michael Nitz. Ebens’ quote: “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work!” referring to the impact of Japanese imports on Michigan employment (Chin was a U.S. citizen of Chinese extraction). After a plea bargain, neither served any jail time, and were given three years probation, fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $780 in court costs. The judge said, “These weren’t the kind of men you send to jail… You don’t make the punishment fit the crime; you make the punishment fit the criminal.”
My conclusion: The more stress Mr. Trump is under, the more prepared we should be.