MSNBC hosts pounded with mockery after claim that calling coronavirus the ‘Wuhan Virus’ is ‘racist’

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes and others came under heavy fire for their outrage over using the phrase “Wuhan virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus.

Hayes sparked immediate backlash after he called the label “astonishingly gross” and his MSNBC colleague David Gura said it was simply “racist.”

The initial reaction was to an announcement by Rep. Paul Gosar that he would self-quarantine amid concerns of possible exposure to the coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.

“I am announcing that I, along with 3 of my senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized with the Wuhan Virus. My office will be closed for the week,” the Arizona Republican tweeted.

His use of the phrase “Wuhan Virus” set off Hayes:

Gura followed with a tweet of his own:

These reactions were echoed by other liberals despite the fact that the coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan, China and the government essentially shut down the city of 11 million to contain the spread of the virus which has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide.

CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti claimed the use of the phrase was meant as a jab at China.

But the “Wuhan virus” outrage set off reactionary backlash, with a quick fact-check showing that even China, in fact, refers to coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus.”

Actor James Woods noted that the phrase is “EXACTLY” right and and tweeted that “emotional liberals hate facts.”

“People have run out of legitimate stuff to be offended at,” pollster Frank Luntz tweeted.

Real Clear Politics founder Tom Bevan also mocked Gura, asking “Does he work for The Onion?”

Other Twitter users also slammed the outrage.

The World Health Organization officially labeled the novel coronavirus as  COVID-19 in early February and, as  Townhall senior writer Julio Rosas shared, the “racist” narrative was apparently non-existent before that.

“The narrative to completely divorce the city of Wuhan from the virus is also exactly what the authoritarian Chinese government wants,” Rosas wrote. “They want people to forgot the whole reason why the world is dealing with a global outbreak is because of their slow and botched attempts to contain the virus, despite warning from medical professionals on the ground at the beginning of the disease.”

Gosar, who appeared to originally set off Hayes, called out the “All In” host for suddenly being offended.

And social media users continued to slam the liberal virtue signaling on Twitter.


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