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.
CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang repeatedly asked McEnany why Trump used the terminology.
Noting that Trump has deemed himself “the least racist person there is anywhere in the world,” CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked, “Why does he use racist phrases like the Kung Flu?”
“The president doesn’t,” Kayleigh McEnany responded.
Trump actually had used the phrase at his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma just a few days before.
“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.
Trump at his rally with a dismal turnout complained that the coronavirus had too many names.
"I can name Kung Flu, I can name 19 different versions of names," Trump said. "Many call it a virus, which it is, many call it a flu, what difference? I think we have 19 or 20 versions of the name."
"If you don't find "kung flu" racist, then you're probably a racist," one Twitter user wrote.
Even White House aide Kellyanne Conway condemned the term "Kung Flu" a few months ago.
Yet another exchange that show the political norms simply don't apply to this president.