Sunday, May 23, 2021

Donald Trump sued $31 million over use of term 'China virus' during COVID-19 pandemic

Donald Trump is being sued for his repeated use of the phrases "China virus", "Wuhan virus" and "Kung Flu virus" during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition (CACRC) filed the lawsuit against the former US President on Thursday, alleging his wording contributed to a recent rise in racially motivated violence against America's Asian community. 

The nonprofit organisation is suing Trump for roughly US$22.9 million (NZ$31.7 million), claiming he caused Asian Americans a "large extent" of "emotional distress". 

"Defendant's [Trump's] extreme and outrageous conduct indeed has caused members of the Plaintiff organization [CACRC] and to a large extent Asian Americans emotional distress and resulted in an unmistakable rising uptrend of racial violence against Chinese Americans and Asian Americans from New York to California," court documents read.


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