Trump courts Asian-American vote amid coronavirus

Between the lines: The campaign also sees the event as another opportunity to hammer China and show how Trump “continues to remain tough on their government,” a key focus of the campaign in the lead up to November.

The big picture: Exit polls show Trump won just 18% of the AAPI vote in 2016, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 79%. In February, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee survey found that AAPI voters in battleground districts favor Democratic candidates to Trump by 28 points.

The other side: Joe Biden’s campaign is also reaching out to Asian Americans during the pandemic. On Wednesday, NBC News published an op-ed from Biden and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) that addressed the rise in xenophobia during coronavirus.