A group called the Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition is suing Donald Trump for $22 million – blaming the former president for causing harm to Chinese Americans.
In a report confirmed by The Hill, The TMZ reports the organization faults Trump’s use of the terms “China virus,” “Wuhan virus” and “kung flu” for the rapid rise of anti-Asian hate incidents in the country.
CACRC is demanding 22 million in damages, one dollar for every Asian American and Pacific Islander in the country. The Hill reports the group says it would use the money to open a museum dedicated to the history and contributions of AAPIs.
“The truth matters, words have consequences … especially from those in powerful and influential positions,” the complaint states. “
A spokesman for Trump called the lawsuit “insane, idiotic… and a complete joke”
A study from the University of California in San Francisco found a correlation between Trump’s “China virus” tweet and the increase in anti-Asian hashtags.
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