John Oliver opened Last week tonight this Sunday examining the anti-Asian racism that led directly to the horrific mass shooting that left six Asian women and two others dead. And in addition to criticizing Donald Trump for spending a full year using terms like “Wuhan virus” and “kung flu” instead of COVID-19, Oliver had a few words to choose from conservative experts like The view ‘s Meghan McCain, who gave the former president a pass.
“Our long and ugly history of anti-Asian racism and the fact that it often peaks during times of crisis is the exact reason why, last year, many loudly warned that Trump would call COVID names like the ‘China virus’ will lead to increased violence against people of Asian descent, ”Oliver said. “An argument that not everyone, at the time, seemed to find convincing.”
From there, the presenter dug up a clip of McCain, almost a year ago a day, defending Trump’s language in The view. “I think if the left wants to focus on labeling this virus on PC, it’s a great way to get Trump re-elected,” he said in March 2020. “I have no problem with people calling him what they want. It is a deadly virus that originated in Wuhan. “
“Oh well, Meghan McCain has no problem with that!” Oliver replied. “Don’t listen to the dozens of Asian Americans telling everyone that the term is dangerous and offensive. Instead, get together and take the word of a wealthy white woman who’s dressed like she’s about to fire 47 people for Zoom. “
“Now, I’ll say, Meghan McCain posted this week, ‘Stop Asian Hate,’ with three broken heart emojis, which is a good sentiment to throw up on Twitter after the fact,” she continued. “But it should be understood that saying, ‘I have no problem calling it the China virus’ is much more than giving room for hatred to grow.”