Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): "The Chinese are to blame. They eat bats, snakes, and dogs" (VIDEO)
When Senator John Cornyn was asked if it was appropriate to call it the "Chinese Virus," he didn't hesitate to back up President Trump for the statement.
"That's where it came from," he stated.
Reporter: "But, does it help to alienate them, that there is someone to blame?"
Senator Cornyn: "Well, I think China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats, snakes, and dogs, and things like that - the viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people, and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses, like SARS, like MERS, the Swine Flu, and now the coronavirus. So, I think they have a fundamental problem, and I don't object from geographically identifying where it's coming from."
Cornyn doesn't think calling it the Chinese virus is racist at all.
"I disagree. We're not talking about Asians, we are talking about China where these viruses emanate from and what caused this pandemic."
For the record, Trump is now officially calling Covid-19, the "Chinese Virus." Republicans are falling in line, as Senator Cornyn just proved.
Trump said from the White House podium on Wednesday that it was totally appropriate to call it that "because it comes from China."
"It's not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That's why. We want to be accurate."
Medical historians and public health experts say that associating pandemics with an ethnic group can lead to discrimination, yet Trump and Republicans have no problem doing this. This is a way for them to place blame outside of their own failures to address the crisis. Trump still has refused to take responsibility for firing the pandemic response team in 2018, saying at the time that he wanted to "save money."