Today's example of Donald Trump's very deliberate "othering" of the virus - scapegoating China to deflect from his own inadequacy. Trump's personal edit of the text his staff prepared for today's "news conference" (e.g., free Trump campaign TV appearance):
Nice man. Overt, unapologetic racist.
For the record, I'm OK if, long-term, this particular coronavirus strain becomes known as "Wuhan" - similar to Ebola and Zika. After a few months, a large percentage of Americans will forget where Wuhan is (if they ever knew), just as they have no idea where Ebola or Zika are, or that those terms refer to locations at all. Sometimes, American ignorance can be harnessed in a positive way (though it disturbs me to write that!).
But not "Chinese." Trump's doing this is not about "where it came from." It's about "whose fault it is," as in, "I take no responsibility." Don't defend this. Even if there were no backlash from American racists (and there will be - they're just looking for an excuse), it's a deliberate attempt to avoid responsibility and accountability. Don't defend it; just makes you look bad, too.