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Donald Trump calls coronavirus ‘kung flu’ AGAIN despite outrage over racist term

President Donald Trump went back to referring to the coronavirus as the ‘kung flu’ at a campaign rally inside a church in Phoenix Tuesday after the White House rejected complaints about the racist phrase. 

trolled his critics by running through the long list of names for the virus that has killed 120,000 Americans, including calling it the ‘China virus,’ a term he briefly eschewed.

He made the comments inside the Dream City megachurch while outside, Phoenix police fired pepper balls to disperse protesters they said had gathered unlawfully.  

‘I said the other night, there’s never been anything where they have so many names. I could give you 19 or 20 names for that right?’ said to cheering young supporters, days after using the term at his Saturday night rally in Tulsa. 

‘It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. , right? Kung flu, yeah?’ said. 

'It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung Flu, yeah?' said President Trump, once again using the term 'Kung-flu' to refer to the virus

'It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung Flu, yeah?' said President Trump, once again using the term 'Kung-flu' to refer to the virus

‘It’s got all different names. Wuhan. Wuhan is catching on. , right? Kung Flu, yeah?’ said President Trump, once using the term ‘Kung-flu’ to refer to the virus

Phoenix Police use pepper balls on protesters gathered outside Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night as President Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside. Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly

Phoenix Police use pepper balls on protesters gathered outside Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night as President Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside. Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly

Phoenix Police use pepper balls on protesters gathered outside Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night as President Trump was speaking to young Republicans inside. Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly

Donald Trump rally at Dream City Church Trump Arizona rally, Phoenix

Donald Trump rally at Dream City Church Trump Arizona rally, Phoenix

Trump rally at Dream City Church Trump Arizona rally, Phoenix

The line earned cheers from the roughly 3,000 supporters who filled the church in north Phoenix. 

Trump kept repeating the phrase, a day after White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fended off questions about why Trump would use it.  

‘Kung flu. COVID-19. COVID,’ Trump continued. 

‘I said what’s the nineteen? COVID-19. Some people can’t explain what that 19? COVID-19, I said, that’s an odd name. I could give you many, many names.’

‘Some people call it the Chinese flu. The China flu, right?’ Trump said. ‘They call it the China – as opposed to China. The China. I’ve never seen anything like it. But here’s the story, we are going to be stronger than ever before, and it’s going to be soon,’ he said.

China has protested the use of the term. Scientists believe the virus mutated and jumped from animals to humans near the Chinese city of Wuhan.   

Trump also called out White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who on Monday defended his use of the term, and said Trump doesn’t consider it racist.

Trump spoke at the Dream City Church in Phoenix

Trump spoke at the Dream City Church in Phoenix

Trump spoke at the Dream City Church in Phoenix

Trump spoke to about 3,000 people who tightly packed the church

Trump spoke to about 3,000 people who tightly packed the church

Trump spoke to about 3,000 people who tightly packed the church

Many young attendees wore hats, and some wore masks amid the coronavirus outbreak

Many young attendees wore hats, and some wore masks amid the coronavirus outbreak

Many young attendees wore hats, and some wore masks amid the outbreak

President Donald Trump and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020

President Donald Trump and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020

President Trump and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020

Trump drew cheers when he made his 'Kung-flu' remark

Trump drew cheers when he made his 'Kung-flu' remark

Trump drew cheers when he made his ‘Kung-flu’ remark 

Donald Trump Jr. helped warm up the crowd

Donald Trump Jr. helped warm up the crowd

Trump Jr. helped warm up the crowd

‘The president does not believe that it is offensive to note that this virus came from China,’ she said. 

Trump also blasted China for taking advantage of the U.S., but touted a deal where it agreed to buy U.S. farm products – which former national security advisor John Bolton charges came after Trump pleading for China to help his campaign. 

‘The ink wasn’t dry when the plague flu in,’ Trump said, saying the ‘long, slow surrender’ was over. 

Later in the rally, Trump brought up a young supporter who complained that ‘Aunt Jemima was cancelled,’ in referenced to Quaker’s decision to pull the branding last week, saying it was based on a ‘racial stereotype.’ 

‘The original first Aunt Jemima was the picture of the American dream,’ said Reagan Escude, who Trump introduced as a student at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. ‘She was a freed slave who went on to be the face of the pancake syrup that we love and we have in our pantries today.’ 

‘And now the leftist mob is trying to erase her legacy,’ she said. Trump said she had stood up for ‘Christian values’ instead of bowing to ‘political correctness.’ 

Trump’s play on the name was similar to his routine in Tulsa. ‘It has more names than any disease in history. I can name kung flu. I can name 19 different versions of names,’ Trump said.

Trump was reportedly furious that the event had only 6,200 people at a venue that held 19,000, who he said Tuesday he was thrilled with the TV audience.

In Phoenix, the indoor venue was mostly filled. 

Crowd members chanted out ‘Four More Years’ after earlier chanting ‘Lock Her Up,’ a stand-by from Trump’s 2016 campaign in reference to Hillary Clinton. 

Outside protesters gathered to demonstrate against the Trump rally but were dispersed by the city’s police who said that they had gathered in an unlawful assembly. 

Pepper bullets and crowd control weapons were fired as police faced off with protesters to remove them from the streets around the rally.  

Earlier, Trump tore into Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Phoenix after the former president helped raise a startling $7.6 million for Joe Biden in a single online fundraiser.

‘Today he’s with Obama – President Obama,’ Trump told young supporters at a megachurch in Phoenix. Then he started ripping Obama for staying out of the Democratic primary.

‘It only took him how long a year and a half to endorse him,’ Trump said. ‘He’s fighting for Sleepy Joe,’ Trump said, using his insult for Biden. ‘So strongly he wanted everybody to win but Joe,’ Trump claimed.

Then he looked back to 2016, when Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after building up his brand claiming without evidence that Obama wasn’t born in the United States. 

Protesters confront Phoenix Police outside Dream City Church Tuesday night before pepper balls were fired

Protesters confront Phoenix Police outside Dream City Church Tuesday night before pepper balls were fired

Protesters confront Phoenix Police outside Dream City Church Tuesday night before pepper balls were fired

Protesters leave after Phoenix Police used crowd dispersement tactics outside Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night

Protesters leave after Phoenix Police used crowd dispersement tactics outside Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night

Protesters leave after Phoenix Police used crowd dispersement tactics outside Trump’s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night

Police file down an ally towards protesters during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Dream City Church in Phoenix Tuesday. The police used pepper balls to disperse the demonstrations as they said they had gathered illegally

Police file down an ally towards protesters during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Dream City Church in Phoenix Tuesday. The police used pepper balls to disperse the demonstrations as they said they had gathered illegally

Police file down an ally towards protesters during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Dream City Church in Phoenix Tuesday. The police used pepper balls to disperse the demonstrations as they said they had gathered illegally 

Phoenix Police clear the street after they used crowd dispersement tactics outside President Trump's Phoenix rally Tuesday

Phoenix Police clear the street after they used crowd dispersement tactics outside President Trump's Phoenix rally Tuesday

Phoenix Police clear the street after they used crowd dispersement tactics outside President Trump’s Phoenix rally Tuesday

Police fire crowd control weapons to clear the streets of protesters outside of President Trump's rally Tuesday

Police fire crowd control weapons to clear the streets of protesters outside of President Trump's rally Tuesday

Police fire crowd control weapons to clear the streets of protesters outside of President Trump’s rally Tuesday

‘In my campaign, he fought harder than crooked Hillary,’ Trump said – although days ago he complemented Clinton’s energy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. 

 ‘He said you cannot let him win,’ Trump said of Obama.

‘He was all over the place. This guy’s spending all his time campaigning against me. Uh, who won? That’s right,’ Trump said.

Obama campaigned for Clinton across swing states in the final weeks of the campaign, warning voters not to be ‘bamboozled’ by Trump. 

‘Don’t forget, I’m only here because of him and Biden,’ Trump said, tying Obama to his presumed opponent. 

‘I’m only here because of them because if they did a good job, we wouldn’t have been here,’ Trump said.

Trump appeared days after visiting Tulsa to a disappointing crowd of just 6,200 in an arena that filled 19,000 amid the coronavirus outbreak. The pastor and a top official said in a video the church’s ‘ionization’ air filtration system killed ‘99.9 per cent’ of the coronavirus.

Phoenix Police are hit with liquid outside Dream City Church as protesters gathered outside President Trump's rally. The police immediately used crowd dispersement tactics and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly

Phoenix Police are hit with liquid outside Dream City Church as protesters gathered outside President Trump's rally. The police immediately used crowd dispersement tactics and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly

Phoenix Police are hit with liquid outside Dream City Church as protesters gathered outside President Trump’s rally. The police immediately used crowd dispersement tactics and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly

Demonstrators chant as they protest the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Dream City Church in Phoenix

Demonstrators chant as they protest the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Dream City Church in Phoenix

Demonstrators chant as they protest the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Dream City Church in Phoenix

Police block protesters before using canons and pepper bullets to clear the streets outside President Trump's rally

Police block protesters before using canons and pepper bullets to clear the streets outside President Trump's rally

Police block protesters before using canons and pepper bullets to clear the streets outside President Trump’s rally

Young supporters sat closely together in chairs and Make America Great hats, with most eschewing masks on a day Dr. Anthony Fauci warned about ongoing risks of the outbreak.

 Trump repeatedly swung at the left and blasted protesters who tried to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in front of the White House.

‘We will never cave to the left wing and the left wing intolerance,’ Trump said. 

‘We will never surrender to mob violence,’ he said. He touted the border wall, which he visited earlier, and ‘law and order.’

Trump cast his ideological opponents as unAmerican. ‘You’re smarter. You’re better looking. You have a better future,’ he told supporters.

‘They are vicious people,’ he said of opponents who have taken to the streets. ‘Anyone who dissents from their orthodoxy must be punished canceled or banished. You’re the courageous warriors standing in the way of what they want to do,’ he said. ‘They hate everything we prize as Americans,’ he said.  

Credit — dailymail.co.uk

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