President Donald Trump drew condemnation for exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to push for his border wall.
The president retweeted a post from ardent supporter Charlie Kirk, founder and head of the conservative Turning Point USA, calling for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the spread of the virus.
Going up fast. We need the Wall more than ever! https://t.co/7TxErJKAgT— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1583838483.0
Other social media users pounded the president -- and his acolyte -- for using the crisis to promote his controversial campaign promise, along with some casual bigotry.
@realDonaldTrump What the hell is a “China virus” supposed to be, you goddamn racist!— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1583838838.0
@realDonaldTrump Building a wall around Cruz, Gaetz, and yourself to quarantine the Coronavirus should be priority right now.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1583838652.0
@realDonaldTrump 🤔 Walls are ancient, outdated technology. Just look ... they didn’t stop your #TrumpVirus. Or a… https://t.co/5XmaJylwjj— Clear Cider (@Clear Cider) 1583838746.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/fztQ8HUnCA— Raj Resists👊✠YNWA✠☠ℒℱℭ¹⁸⁹² (@Raj Resists👊✠YNWA✠☠ℒℱℭ¹⁸⁹²) 1583838537.0
@realDonaldTrump Pure xenophobia and/or hate....there is no evidence coronavirus has or is coming from the southern border— rich schellhase (@rich schellhase) 1583838623.0
@realDonaldTrump Can we stop promoting Charlie Kirk?... There are better people....in your corner.— Phillygirl74 (@Phillygirl74) 1583839617.0
@realDonaldTrump You know what else is going up fast? The death count from the coronavirus.— Gary President Biden won again.🇺🇸 (@Gary President Biden won again.🇺🇸) 1583838836.0
@realDonaldTrump Every map I have ever seen has China and Mexico on opposite ends of the world. The virus started… https://t.co/HDGOs5si7e— claudiaclarkauthor #fbr (@claudiaclarkauthor #fbr) 1583839111.0
@realDonaldTrump I’m going out on a limb here and going to say that Coronavirus is going to kill more people than M… https://t.co/dSYU1q7Ftu— The Drake 🇺🇸🇨🇦🏴☠️ (@The Drake 🇺🇸🇨🇦🏴☠️) 1583838610.0
@realDonaldTrump You simply don’t understand what needs to be done to contain this. You are an epic failure.— Blond-Father (@Blond-Father) 1583838558.0
@realDonaldTrump Don't need protection from a hoax.— Politically Incorrect-Georgia do the right thing! (@Politically Incorrect-Georgia do the right thing!) 1583839855.0
@realDonaldTrump How in the world would a wall at the southern border prevent the spread of the virus? It's ALREADY… https://t.co/SnRe4N2zIH— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️) 1583838969.0