Thursday, March 19, 2020

GOP senator says China 'to blame' for coronavirus spread because of 'culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs'
Nicholas Wu  USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, drew a backlash on social media and from Asian American advocates on Wednesday for claiming China was "to blame" for the spread of the coronavirus because of a "culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that." 
'These viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the Swine flu, and now the coronavirus, so I think they have a fundamental problem, the Texas Republican said to reporters, saying he did not object to a geographic name for the virus.  
Asked about Asian Americans' concerns about racism, Cornyn said, "I disagree. We're not talking about Asians. We're talking about China, where these viruses emanate from and created this pandemic."

1 comment:

pigpen51 said...

I have a friend from high school, whose husband travels to China several times a year, on business. She told me that he eats only a few different dishes when he is there, because of the mentality of the people and their food choices.
They will eat those bats, and snakes,etc. But they eat the entire animal, including the complete digestive system, from end to end, and the rest of the animal from head to tail, including the feet, tail, etc. And while Andrew Zimmern has a fantastic show, that I love, where he eats the food of the native people, and I enjoy not so much the food but mostly the culture and the people of the various nations he visits, there is no doubt in my mind that it is very dangerous for people that are not from that part of the world to eat the foods that they eat as a matter of course. Just like some of the foods that we eat here, and think nothing of it, could be harmful to some people from other parts of the world. Especially when there is an illness that is threatening our own people, and the threat of spreading to other nations and their people is very real, and they are under the caution flag of safety in a manner of speaking, to avoid possible danger, and instead to use common sense during the time of contamination.