The woke trolls on the internet and in the media shout “racist” whenever President Trump calls the coronavirus “the Chinese Virus.” But just like always, their outrage is ridiculous.

It is NOT racist to call the virus by the name of the country where it originated. Also, the dunderheads in the media don’t know that Chinese is a nationality, not a race. Asian is a race, but no one seems to be taking that into account. They might want to fact-check themselves before they accuse the president of racism. Trump hasn’t referred to COVID-19 as “the Asian virus.” He calls it “the Chinese virus,” which is a factual statement about where the virus actually originated.

The media is regurgitating Chinese communist propaganda when journalists accuse the president of racism. They have quickly become President Xi’s useful idiots by obfuscating the root cause of the virus: the Chinese government’s incompetence and cover-up. If the Chinese government had been transparent from the beginning about the severity of the virus, they could have stopped it from spreading globally. We wouldn’t be forced to sit in our homes and have our lives put on hold.

Let me be clear: the Chinese people aren’t responsible. It is not their fault that their authoritarian government put their own interests above the health of the people. The Chinese people are the victims of the tyrannical government, not the cause of the disease. When President Trump refers to the coronavirus as the “China Virus” he is attributing blame—correctly—to the Chinese communist government.

Axios reported, “A study published in March indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited” and that information points to a Chinese “cover-up and the delay in serious measures to contain the virus lasted about three weeks.”

The following timeline contains the main events of the Chinese cover-up:

Dec. 10:  One of the earliest known coronavirus patients, starts feeling ill.

Dec. 16: Patient admitted to Wuhan Central Hospital with infection in both lungs but resistant to anti-flu drugs. Staff later learned he worked at a wildlife market connected to the outbreak.

Dec. 27: Wuhan health officials are told that a new coronavirus is causing the illness.

Dec. 30:

  • Ai Fen, a top director at Wuhan Central Hospital, posts information on WeChat about the new virus. She was reprimanded for doing so and told not to spread information about it.
  • Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang also shares information on WeChat about the new SARS-like virus. He is called in for questioning shortly afterward.
  • Wuhan health commission notifies hospitals of a “pneumonia of unclear cause” and orders them to report any related information.

Dec. 31:

  • Wuhan health officials confirm 27 cases of illness and close a market they think is related to the virus’ spread.
  • China tells the World Health Organization’s China office about the cases of an unknown illness.

Jan. 1: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat.

  • An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission order labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples.

Jan. 2: Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus’ complete genetic information. This information is not made public until Jan. 9.

Jan. 7: Xi Jinping becomes involved in the response.

Jan. 9: China announces it has mapped the coronavirus genome.

Jan. 14: 

  • WHO announces Chinese authorities have seen “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.”
  • Annual Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a potluck.

Jan. 23: Wuhan and three other cities are put on lockdown. Right around this time, approximately 5 million people leave the city without being screened for the illness.

Jan. 24–30: China celebrates the Lunar New Year holiday. Hundreds of millions of people are in transit around the country as they visit relatives.

The bottom line: China is now trying to create a narrative that it’s an example of how to handle this crisis when in fact its early actions led to the virus spreading around the globe.”

This is, without a doubt, a Chinese Virus. China is solely to blame for the spread of the coronavirus. They must be held to account for their actions.

Once the virus is contained, the world community should make them pay for their crime against humanity.