A lawsuit has been filed against Former American President Donald Trump in a federal court in New York for calling coronavirus the Chinese virus. The case is filed by CACRC ( Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition).
Suit appealed for $22.9 million as compensation to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living in the US. They demanded $1 to be paid to each member of the community.
Plaintiff stated they would use the money for building a museum that will showcase the contribution of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in building America.
CACRC, in their petition, stated, Donald Trump’s use of the phrase ”Chinese Virus” and other similar racist phrases are baseless since the origin of the coronavirus is not yet determined, and that the former President’s conduct harmed the community, reports Xinhua news agency.
The suit further stated, “extreme and outrageous conduct was carried out throughout the pandemic with reckless disregard of whether such conduct would cause Chinese Americans to suffer emotional distress.”
Rising coronavirus cases and Trump’s remark has led to a rise in violent cases committed against Asian American community.
The most horrific incidents of violence against them took place on March 17 when a gunman shot eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in three attacks on massage parlors in and around Atlanta.
The suit alleged that the Former President Donald Trump was unsure about virus origin, but he continued his campaign against China which harmed them directly.
“The truth matters. Words have consequences, especially from those in powerful and influential positions“, the complaint said.
“(Trump) intentionally repeated those defamatory words to serve his own personal and political interest with astonishing level of actual malice and negligence, hence severely injuring the Chinese/Asian Americans communities in the process.”
Jason Miller, a senior adviser for Donald Trump, told The Hill news website in a statement: “This is an insane and idiotic lawsuit that is specious at best, and it will be dismissed if it ever sees a courtroom.”
Jason Miller, in his statement, said, “the lawsuit is a complete joke, and the lawyer who brought this case should be worried about getting sanctioned.”
A University of California, San Francisco study published that month found that Trump’s ”Chinese virus” tweet spurred a spike in anti-Asian hashtags on Twitter.