The CACRC wants each Asian American living in America to be paid $ 1 as an apology. In total, this amount will be $ 22.9 million.
Former US President Donald Trump (File Photo)
A Chinese-American civil rights coalition has filed a lawsuit against former US President Donald Trump for allegedly calling COVID-19 a ‘China Virus’. The Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition (CACRC) filed a complaint in a New York federal court on Thursday.
In the complaint, the group described Trump’s use of the word ‘China virus’ as ‘baseless’. According to the lawsuit, Trump’s behavior in relation to the virus was ‘abusive’. In addition, the lawsuit claimed that Trump did not take into account how much ’emotional discomfort’ Chinese Americans would have with his behavior.
Trump’s rhetoric increased attacks
In recent months, attacks on people of Asian origin have increased in America. Many activists believe that Trump’s rhetoric about the virus may have a significant contribution to these attacks. On March 17, one of the worst violent incidents recorded against Asian Americans was reported in Atlanta, when a gunman shot eight people, including six women of Asian descent.
According to the complaint, Trump continued to use such words ‘knowingly’ for his ‘personal and political interests’ and that is why the community of Asian Americans was seriously injured.
Give 1 dollar as an apology
Now, the CACRC wants every Asian American living in the US to be paid $ 1 as an apology. In total, this amount will be $ 22.9 million. News agency IANS quoted the plaintiff as saying that the money would be used to set up a museum to showcase the history of Asian-American communities and their contribution to America.
Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller told The Hill that this was a ‘crazy’ and ‘silly’ lawsuit. He said that this is completely a joke and if I were a lawyer to file it, I would have worried about it being approved.
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