We know COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan, but… you’re not allowed to say that.
At least, that’s what a civil rights group is telling former President Donald Trump.
He is being sued by the Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition for referring to the illness as the “China virus” last year.
The federal complaint alleges that the use of this term significantly harmed the Chinese American community.
Trump’s “extreme and outrageous conduct was carried out throughout the pandemic with reckless disregard of whether such conduct would cause Chinese Americans to suffer emotional distress,” the suit states.
“The truth matters, words have consequences … especially from those in powerful and influential positions,” the complaint continues. “[Trump] intentionally repeated those defamatory words to serve his own personal and political interest with astonishing level of actual malice and negligence, hence severely injuring the Chinese/Asian Americans communities in the process.”
Senior Advisor for Trump, Jason Miller, discussed the lawsuit with the media saying “This is an insane and idiotic lawsuit that is specious at best, and it will be dismissed if it ever sees a courtroom.”
“It’s a complete joke, and if I was the lawyer that brought it I’d be worried about getting sanctioned,” he said.
This continues a disturbing trend of politically motivated lawsuits targeting Trump and his allies.