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WATCH: GOP’s Kevin McCarthy lashes out at reporter for asking him about Trump’s racist ‘kung flu’ rant

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Thursday angrily lashed out at a reporter for asking him what he thought of President Donald Trump calling the novel coronavirus the “kung flu.”

During a press conference, a reporter asked McCarthy if he thought it was appropriate to describe the virus as the “kung flu,” a clear play on the Chinese martial art kung fu that has been called out as “highly offensive” even by Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

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“Do you think that’s the most pressing issue you have about the coronavirus?” McCarthy angrily replied. “What I’m thinking about is why that is your most pressing issue as a question. When we see a spike in coronavirus, you’re concerned about somebody and the way they name it!”

To emphasize his point, McCarthy then told the reporter, “That’s appalling to me!”

Watch the video below.


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