March 18, 2020

President Trump sees nothing wrong with calling the COVID-19 coronavirus the "Chinese Virus."

That's how he's referred to the coronavirus during press conferences and on Twitter, despite China experts sharing their concerns that this is xenophobic and will increase tensions between the U.S. and China. "It's not racist at all," Trump said on Wednesday. "It comes from China, that's why."

COVID-19 most likely emerged in China in November or December, with the first reported case in the United States appearing in January. Public health officials avoid using geographical names for viruses because of the possibility of it leading to discrimination, and Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The New York Times that by calling this the "Chinese Virus," Trump is "fueling a narrative in China about a broader American hatred and fear of not just the Chinese Communist Party but of China and Chinese people in general."

On Tuesday, Trump said there are rumors in China that COVID-19 was actually created by the U.S. Army, and one reason why he calls the coronavirus the "Chinese Virus" is because he "didn't appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. I think saying that our military gives it to them creates a stigma." Trump may say he's merely being factual by calling it the "Chinese Virus," but given his administration's "long record of statements and actions on immigration, immigrants, and issues of race, use of this term can't but be interpreted as xenophobic and tinged with racist overtones," Kennedy said. Catherine Garcia

September 12, 2019

The Trump administration announced on Thursday it is repealing the Waters of the United States rule, a 2015 measure that limited the amount of pollutants that could be used near streams and wetlands.

It's the latest environmental rule either repealed or curtailed by President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, and now, pollutants will not need to have a permit to release chemical pesticides and fertilizers into about 60 percent of the country's waterways, The New York Times reports.

The EPA claims the rules are a burden on farmers, coal miners, and oil and gas developers, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler saying they will "spend less time and money determining whether they need a federal permit and more time building infrastructure." Environmental organizations and several state attorneys general are expected to file lawsuits in connection with the repeal. Catherine Garcia

July 17, 2019

President Trump continued to lob insults at four Democratic congresswomen, calling them out by name during a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina.

On Sunday, he tweeted racist comments targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), saying they need to "go back" to their home countries. The lawmakers — all outspoken Trump critics and women of color — are fueling "the rise of a dangerous, hard left," Trump said Wednesday.

After blasting Omar — who came to the U.S. from Somalia as a child and is a naturalized American citizen — and accusing her of "launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds," the crowd erupted in chants of "Send her back!" This not only echoed Trump's tweets, but also "Lock her up!" the longtime rallying cry of Trump supporters aimed at Hillary Clinton.

Trump referred to Ocasio-Cortez as "Cortez" because "I don't have time to go with three different names," and said she is a liar and behind "outrageous attacks against the men and women of law enforcement." He also asked if Pressley is "related in any way to Elvis" (who spelled his last name with just one "s") and said she "thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She said we don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be brown voices. ... Can you imagine if I said that? It would be over, right? It would be over." Catherine Garcia

June 23, 2019

Despite Jake Tapper's best efforts, Vice President Mike Pence would not answer his question on Sunday's State of the Union about whether the "human-induced climate emergency" is a threat to the United States.

The CNN host posed the query in response to the Trump administration's decision last week to roll back former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which worked to reduce pollution from coal plants. After Tapper asked the first time, Pence said the administration will "always follow the science," and Tapper quickly interrupted to say "the science says it is."

Tapper kept asking the question, reminding Pence that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say it's a threat, but Pence continued to dodge, instead saying multiple times the administration is "not going to raise utility rates" and criticizing the Green New Deal.

Pence finally said he believes the U.S. is "making great progress reducing carbon emissions," with the country having "the cleanest air and water in the world," which caused Tapper to start laughing. "That is not true," he said. "We don't have the cleanest air and water in the world. We don't." Tapper then invited Pence to "get back to me with some statistics that show it." Catherine Garcia

March 4, 2019

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Sunday night used what is widely considered an anti-Semitic trope in a tweet about Tom Steyer, a billionaire liberal activist who has called for President Trump's impeachment.

On Sunday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said his committee will be "issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice," including Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. In response, Jordan tweeted: "C'mon @RepJerryNadler — at least pretend to be serious about fact finding. Nadler feeling the heat big time. Jumps to Tom $teyer's — impeaching our President — before first document request. What a Kangaroo court."

Nadler is Jewish, and Steyer's father was Jewish. Several Twitter users called Jordan out for using a dollar sign instead of an "S" in Steyer's last name, including author Amy Siskind, who said: "Yeah, I get confused between the letter 'S' and the money sign on my keyboard all the time too you anti-Semitic PoS! You need to apologize!" Steyer replied to Jordan's tweet by saying, "Don't worry, @Jim_Jordan, we will be reminding voters in your district which side of history you're on regarding @realdonaldtrump's crimes, corruption, and coverups very soon." Catherine Garcia

October 14, 2018

President Trump doesn't believe climate change is "a hoax," he told Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes Sunday, but he does think there are plenty of scientists who have a "very big political agenda."

Trump admitted that "something's happening," yet he doesn't "know that it's manmade. I will say this. I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't want to be put at a disadvantage." Stahl pointed out that ice is melting at a rapid rate, raising sea levels, but Trump wasn't moved. "And you don't know whether or not that would have happened with or without man," he said. "You don't know."

Trump said he wasn't "denying" climate change, but "they say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael." Stahl pressed him on who "they" are, and Trump responded, "People say." He also asked Stahl to "show me the scientists" who say climate change is worse than ever, "because they have a very big political agenda." Catherine Garcia

July 18, 2018

President Trump came out on Tuesday with what he called a "clarification" of remarks he made in Helsinki on Monday, but CNN's Chris Cuomo and his giant computer screen weren't buying it.

While standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump had an "epic fail in front of the world," Cuomo said, choosing Putin's "lies over his own country's truth." Trump on Tuesday said he misspoke, and meant to say "I don't know why it wouldn't be" Russia that meddled in the election, rather than "would." Cuomo had the portion of his remarks up on the screen, and ripped apart this explanation, going sentence by sentence.

Trump believes when the 2016 election is attacked, it "delegitimizes his win," Cuomo said, and "if it comes down to what is best for Trump or what is best for you, you're going to lose, and the world saw this yesterday and it was shameful." The most authentic proof of this is found in Trump's prepared remarks from Tuesday. They were typed, but Trump wrote in huge letters on top, "There was no colusion [sic]."

"Why?" Cuomo said. "Even though it has nothing to do with saying it is true that Russia attacked us, it is what he cares about, and you know it's authentic because he misspelled collusion and that is something he does, he misspells words." Trump also crossed out a line about bringing those involved "in that meddling to justice," and that's because "he hates the notion that there could be any sense of justice, fairness under law, that involves punishing him or anyone around him," Cuomo said. "The insistence on covering for himself cost our country a lot of legitimacy in Helsinki." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

July 5, 2018

While speaking at a rally in Montana on Thursday evening, President Trump said should he ever find himself debating Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), he'll "gently" throw an ancestry test kit at her and offer $1 million to her favorite charity if she takes it.

Trump has long called Warren "Pocahontas," a reference to her claimed Native American heritage, and used the name throughout his speech. He promised that "in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims that she is of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheekbones — that's her only evidence, that her mother said she had high cheekbones — we will take that little kit ... we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn't hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs probably two ounces." (Warren cites family lore, not her cheekbones, when discussing her heritage.)

The reason why he'd lightly throw the kit? "We have to do it gently, because we're in the #MeToo generation — so we have to be very gentle," Trump said. He told the crowd that he'd offer Warren $1 million "if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian. And we'll see what she does. I have a feeling she will say no, but we will hold it for the debates." Trump has been criticized for mockingly calling Warren "Pocahontas," and in a message to the deceased historical figure, he said: "Pocahontas, I apologize to you. To the fake Pocahontas, I won't." Catherine Garcia

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