On Tuesday, Donald Trump was back in front of his adoring crowds, speaking at a student event in Phoenix, Arizona.
Talking to members of Turning Point, a pro-Trump student movement lead by Charlie Kirk, he once again wheeled out the term 'kung-flu' in reference to coronavirus, which many have deemed racist and inappropriate before adding that he didn't quite fully understand why coronavirus had been given the name Covid-19.
Addressing the crowd in Phoenix, the president said:
I said the other night, there’s never been anything where they have so many names. I could give you 19 or 20 names for that, right? It’s got all different names. Wuhan is catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung flu. Covid, Covid-19, Covid. I said what's the 19? Some people can't explain what the 19 is for. Covid-19. I said that's and odd name. I could give you many, many names.
The President uses the term “Kung Flu” again and says “COVID, COVID-19, COVID, I said what’s the 19. COVID-19, some… https://t.co/ZOyuo465fP
At this point, we should probably point out that Trump has invented some of these names, as well as 'Chinese virus', which nobody other than himself and his supporters has chosen to use. However, his admittance that he didn't understand why Covid-19 had been given that name is quite alarming.
To simply put it Covid-19 breaks down as Co (corona) vi (virus) d (disease) and the 19 stands for 2019 because that was the year it was discovered. It's really not that complicated but can be seen as further proof that Trump just flat out ignores experts and scientific facts.
As you can imagine, the president is being thoroughly mocked for this startling revelation.
If you ever feel unqualified for your job, the President still hasn’t figured out the link between the 19 in COVID-… https://t.co/cby8Erv1yQ
Yeah, who could possibly decipher the complex code behind using “19” in the name of a virus discovered in 2019. https://t.co/RFzaVMAbt5
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)
The fact that Trump still hasn't figured this out, seven months into the pandemic, should be a grave concern for everyone, especially as the US still has the most confirmed cases and most deaths in the world.