Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) bashed President Trump on Thursday morning for a tweet in which the president defended himself for not immediately invoking wartime measures, despite signing an order approving such emergency actions.
“President Trump, are your eyes stitched shut?” asked Warren in a tweet. “Hospitals need test kids, ventilators, & other medical supplies. That’s why the [Defense Production Act] exists. Stop dragging your feet & burying your head & start helping hospitals that are about to be slammed by this pandemic.”
According to ABC News, Trump’s tweet was a response to the previous day’s executive order, which grants the president emergency authority to tell industries what they need to produce to support the national defense.
But when Warren called on Trump to immediately invoke emergency authority, the former Democratic presidential candidate also blurred the word “Chinese” from the original tweet, which references the coronavirus strain that has caused a global pandemic as the “Chinese Virus.”
“I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER,” said the president.
The tweet showing Warren’s response features the word “Chinese” blurred from Trump’s original message.
President Trump, are your eyes stitched shut? Hospitals need test kits, ventilators, & other medical supplies. That’s why the DPA exists. Stop dragging your feet & burying your head & start helping hospitals that are about to be slammed by this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/9bb4Bl05ob
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 19, 2020
As The Daily Wire previously reported, a study from the University of Southampton has estimated that China could have reduced the global infection rate of coronavirus had the communist regime enacted public health measures sooner.
“If interventions in the country could have been conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier,” says the study, “cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively – significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.”
According to The BBC, Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who was the first person to warn Chinese doctors about coronavirus, was investigated by Chinese state police for his actions. Wenliang has since died from the virus.
Warren’s decision to blur the word “Chinese” comes as many media outlets and pundits have chosen to condemn the president for invoking China when discussing the outbreak — a national emergency that Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center says has resulted in 17,402 Americans testing positive as of Friday afternoon.
In an news article published on Wednesday, The New York Times described the president’s use of the word “China” amidst “growing criticism.”
“The term has angered Chinese officials and a wide range of critics, and China experts say labeling the virus that way will only ratchet up tensions between the two countries, while resulting in the kind of xenophobia that American leaders should discourage,” reported the news agency.
On the same day, CNN published an op-ed saying the president was “maliciously” invoking the term “Chinese virus” to generate racial animus and hostility toward Chinese people and away from himself.
“When Donald Trump wants to rally his base and distract from his many screw-ups, he falls back on one thing: xenophobic racism. It looks like members of his administration have picked up this dirty trick … This President isn’t acting out of ignorance; he’s acting out of malice … in the midst of the crisis, we need … a whole lot less of the presidential fecklessness and Trump Team racism that puts us all at greater risk,” wrote Jill Filipovic in an op-ed for the news agency.