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GOP in Congress resorts to racist rhetoric over masks

As the old saying goes, “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” but some in Congress can’t help themselves.

N95 and KN95 masks were distributed in Congress when it became apparent that the CDC would recommend the use of such masks as the best protection against the omicron variant.

In fact, according to Fox News, the House physician ordered all congressional members to wear them.

Rep Andy Riggs (R-AZ) went off when he saw the “made in China” label on his KN95.

“KN95 masks distributed to House members stamped with ‘MADE IN CHINA’. Fitting for the Democrats to hand out masks that are made in the same place the virus originated,” he wrote, reported the American Independent.

Rep Greg Murphy (R-NC) quickly followed.

“We are fighting a virus that came from China, yet the Speaker is comfortable with publicly supporting a Chinese manufacturer, sending our taxpayer dollars overseas and further advertising our dependency on China … on the faces of Congress.”

The comments follow a trend started by former President Donald Trump who called the virus “the China virus” and “kung flu” to cheers from his supporters.

Many in the Asian American community blame the rhetoric from Trump and others for the spike in anti-Asian hate. To date, there have been more than 10,000 incidents of anti-Asian hate reported sent into the reporting website, Stop AAPI Hate, since March 2020.

In the past two weeks along, more than a dozen members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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