"Tucker Carlson and Charlie Kirk" by Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

Coronavirus Exposes the Religious Right’s Racism

Mar 16, 2020

By Samuel L. Perry, Andrew L. Whitehead, and Joseph O. Baker

On March 10, President Trump retweeted a post from conservative political activist Charlie Kirk, who referred to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the “China Virus.“ Kirk also exclaimed in his tweet, “Now, more than ever, we need the wall…the US stands a chance if we can get control of our borders.” Trump retweeted this and added the comment, “Going up fast. We need the wall more than ever!”

At first blush, this exchange might seem like the garden-variety white nationalist xenophobia characteristic of Trump or many of his influential supporters. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and GOP House Representative Kevin McCarthy, in fact, have both insisted on continuing to call the disease the “Chinese Coronavirus.” But Trump’s retweet, and where it originates, helps shed light not only on the Right’s brazen xenophobia, but on the link between America’s supposed religious heritage and fears of ethnic pollution.

Charlie Kirk is co-founder of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty. The Falkirk Center is described by Liberty’s newspaper as a “modern think tank set to renew and defend God-given freedoms and Christian principles throughout American politics and culture.”

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2 comments on “Coronavirus Exposes the Religious Right’s Racism

  • They are going to need much smaller gaps in their border fence (for that is what it actually is) to stop this virus.  Don’t they KNOW how small that little critter is ?

  • @OP  :

    Charlie Kirk is co-founder of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty.

    We should remember, that while “Liberty” University runs an authoritarian  repressive YEC fundamentalist  creationist regime for it’s students, it IS dedicated to taking liberties with scientific facts and established scientific theories!

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