U.S. Asians most likely to blame Trump for tide of discrimination

Fifty-three percent of respondents in the March 24-30 survey of 1,000 Asian adults said Trump is “very responsible” for discrimination against Asian people living in the country, followed by 36 percent and 30 percent who said white Americans and congressional Republicans, respectively. Responses among Asian adults have a margin of error of 3 percentage points…

As president, Trump regularly called the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, the “China virus” or the “Chinese virus,” also at times referring to it as the “kung flu.” Critics of the former commander in chief say Trump used this xenophobic framing in an attempt to shift blame of his own administrations’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump regularly downplayed the severity of the virus as its death toll mounted, driving down his approval rating numbers down ahead of the election.

A Morning Consult survey that gauged satisfaction with his handling of the crisis in January found 59 percent of U.S. adults disapproved of his performance on the matter, the highest figure among the other leaders and institutions listed. The former president did not respond to a request for comment on the findings from the poll of Asian adults.