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Biden's head-turning comments on Asians resurface amid former VP's attacks on Trump 'xenophobia'

Added 05-29-20 03:29:02am EST - “Republicans are highlighting Joe Biden's past head-turning comments concerning Asian Americans after the former vice president? co-authored an op-ed? this week accusing President Trump of? "needlessly" and "cruelly" scapegoating foreigners…” - Foxnews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foxnews.com: “Biden's head-turning comments on Asians resurface amid former VP's attacks on Trump 'xenophobia'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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Republicans are highlighting Joe Biden's past head-turning comments concerning Asian Americans after the former vice president co-authored an op-ed this week accusing President Trump of "needlessly" and "cruelly" scapegoating foreigners during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year, the former vice president hit Trump for "xenophobia" within hours of his January ban on most travel from China -- a policy that Biden and outside observers have since acknowledged was the right call. In their new op-ed, published by NBC News, Biden and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., take a somewhat different approach.

Instead, the two Democrats all but accuse Trump of racism for telling CBS News' Weijia Jiang to "ask China" about rising coronavirus cases. CNN published an analysis piece calling that moment a "microaggression," although Trump has previously asked reporters of various ethnicities -- including CNN's own Jim Acosta -- to "ask China" for information at press conferences.

The op-ed goes on to fault Trump for using the term "Chinese virus" and for "deflecting blame for his own failure to heed the warnings of experts to prepare for this crisis." Critics have called "Chinese virus" a racist term, although various networks -- again, including CNN -- had repeatedly referred to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus" or "Chinese coronavirus."

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