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CAIR Condemns Trump’s Use of Racist Dog Whistle ‘Chinese Virus’

(WASHINGTON, DC., 3/17/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s use of the racist dog whistle “Chinese virus” in recent tweets about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trump used the term in tweets last night and this morning.

SEE: Donald Trump Torched Over Racist ‘Chinese Virus’ Tweet: ‘Dog Whistle Politics’

Ibrahim Hooper

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: 

“By using this racist dog whistle, President Trump is endangering the lives of Asian-Americans, who have experienced a spike in discrimination and hate crimes during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are all in this together. It’s time for unity of humankind and compassion, not bigotry and racism.”

CAIR’s New York chapter recently condemned a series of hate attacks on Asian-Americans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Asian Hate Incident on NYC Subway, Welcomes NYPD Investigation as Possible Hate Crime

CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Asian Hate Crime Amid Coronavirus Outbreak; Calls for Hate Crime Probe

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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