Austin, TX — Yesterday, John Cornyn came under fire for spewing racist dog-whistles, claiming the coronavirus pandemic is because “the [Chinese] culture where people eat bats & snakes & dogs & things like that.”
John Cornyn’s comments are disgusting, dangerous, and racist. Asian Americans have already been the victims of hate crimes because of Trump and the Republican Party’s racism. We will vote Cornyn out in November.
— Texas Democrats (@texasdemocrats) March 19, 2020
Texans from across our great state issued the following statements:
John Cornyn needs to lose his Senate seat this Fall. He’s an accomplice in pushing Trump’s racist sideshow to distract us from how badly the president has handled this crisis. He’s also spewing a bunch of flat-out lies here about the origins of different viruses. https://t.co/JbrY8FySfO
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 19, 2020
— Per Capita (@MsLindsayGraham) March 19, 2020
The worst thing about this is that it is racist. Second worst thing is that it is inaccurate. Third worst thing is that John Cornyn, Senator from Texas, appears to not know what “Swine” means.
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) March 18, 2020
Watching John Cornyn reveal (again) his true racist nature recalls the quaint time a number of years back when a false rumor spread that he was in the Klan, as if this proud white supremacist would ever bother to hide it. #NotAllRacistsWearHoods
— Lucas Schaefer (@LucasESchaefer) March 18, 2020
Swine flu was first identified in Mexico: https://t.co/TCXvKsR3pb
MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia:https://t.co/tDEy9oPbSc
Of the three diseases, SARS is the only one first identified in China:https://t.co/VY1UuY6DOb
Sen. John Cornyn is racist as hell. https://t.co/aMAPLixWuB
— William Axford (@Will_Axford) March 18, 2020
Wow. Can we please focus on curing Texas of Cornynvirus, a crazy form of racism? Thank you @mjhegar and @roycewest — Coronavirus: Sen. John Cornyn says Chinese eating ‘bats’ spread virus https://t.co/b1gOkgOLxH
— Jana Lynne Sanchez (@janasanchez) March 18, 2020
Eating bats, snakes, and dogs isn’t a part of Chinese “culture.” Those are things a small minority of people do. It’s not fair to judge 1.3 billion people on the actions of a strange few; that’d be like if I said every American was as spineless and heartless as John Cornyn. https://t.co/c6HobxG6H5
— Jessy Han (@hjessy_) March 18, 2020
In case it wasn’t clear, “Chinese virus” isn’t just a “factual” statement about the virus’s origins. Cornyn gives the game away– the real reason him and others like him cling to this verbiage is to paint as inferior a whole group of people.
H1N1 originated in North America btw https://t.co/1uBujKHPFq
— Gina Anne Tam 譚吉娜 (@DGTam86) March 18, 2020
So irresponsible, ignorant, hateful and downright stupid. @JohnCornyn could be focusing on representing Texans instead of just making up lines about the origins of viruses.
It’s terrifying that we depend on you right now.
Can we get some Texans tested? https://t.co/KQIHY8R64Z
— Stephanie Phillips (@stephanie4tx73) March 19, 2020
As of 2017, 20.9% of Texans identified as Asian or Asian American, the fastest-growing electorate in the state. Many are first- or second-generation Chinese immigrants. Cornyn is putting them all in danger.
Guess who’s up for reelection this year. https://t.co/0ki3KemvL5
— Kyra Neal (@KyraRNeal) March 18, 2020