Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted to reporters on Monday that the president's use of the racist phrase “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus was no big deal.
The only problam is no one else seemed to buy her explanation.
McEnany refused to say whether the clearly racist term is, in fact, racist or offensive, after being asked by several reporters at Monday's White House press briefing. Instead, she argued Trump was linking the virus back to China.
Kayleigh McEnany denies that Trump’s racist “Kung Flu” remark is racist https://t.co/umEzIWdTYE
“What the president does do is point to the fact that the origin of the virus was China. It’s a fair thing to point out. As China tries to ridiculously try to rewrite history," she later said.
"As China tries to ridiculously blame the virus on American soldiers. This is what China is trying to do. President Trump is saying, ‘No China. I will label this virus for its place of origin,'” she added.